October 4, 2017 by JImbo
Will we see a new Civil War in Spain?
It’s not unrealistic that Catalonia things they can be an independent country. Spain shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal. Despite less land and a bit less population, Catalonia would have a bigger economy and excellent seaports.
This will be an interesting case given the British “brexit” vote to leave the European Union. Will the Catalonians stay in the European Union or not if they DO get their independence? Britain has always been traditionally apart from the rest of Europe (as an island on the periphery) but the Iberian peninsula? That could be problematic.
Minus the seaports, the situation is also similar to that of the Kurds in Iraq (who also held an independence referendum) The Catalonians voted around 90% for independence.The Kurds voted 92% for independence.
Yet the United States is calling the Kurdish vote “illegitimate.” Does that also mean we have to oppose the Catalonian vote too?
Spain’s two-fold problem is similar to that of Iraq. They have breakaway ethnic/cultural groups in their country that actually COULD make it on their own. Second, those groups go BEYOND what their current political boundaries are. What if they are heartened by success and demand MORE territory?
I’m interested to see where this goes. At a time when we are being told it is popular to respect everyone’s heritage, ethnicity and culture… can we then also claim to be AGAINST their expression of it? Is it in our national interest to support or oppose local sovereignty?
And at the same time, just a few months ago Puerto Ricans voted to move towards JOINING the United States. Around 97% of those voters wanted to start the process of statehood. I can only wonder if the flood of support to Puerto Rico following the latest hurricane disasters will seal the deal.
It’s an interesting time to be alive.