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HERE IS SPAIN

by Juan Antonion Llopart, MSR

The “mermaiden songs” of the secessionists, heralding that independence would guarantee a great economic improvement for the Catalonians, has produced a new type of independence supporters, who that promote the “economical independentism”, an indenpendentism totally selfish and unsupportive, that has penetrated in a lot of Catalonians. This independentism arises from an argument that uses a part of reason, for being Catalonia one of the autonomic communities more disadvantaged in the resource sharing by the State, to be manipulated as a missile by the Catalonian nationalism, that magnifies and decorates it on its behalf.

It is lamentable, for no using another word, that a lot of Catalonians have raised the “estelada” (stared flag) for an economic issue. This gives, without any doubt, the valour that the individual confers to the national sentiment: “you let me to live well, I hoist your flag”. But we cannot think this is an isolated case, a Catalonian case, no, in the rest of Spain occurs the same thing. That dispassion for politics, for what occurs around us meanwhile it does not affect us, that selfishness fed by the subsidized society, has produced that a lot of Spaniards look with indifference the possibility of an independent Catalonia.

Spain is a common project that joins some peoples, twinned for centuries. To deny it, is to deny the reality. This common project must be understood as supportive and inclusive; any fissure in this mean, sponsored by nationalist selfishness or irrational centralisms produces fissures. Any politic party spirit seeking votes in areas of Spain ruled by the same party, produces unsolidarity and inequality. With the money of all Spaniards cannot favour more ones than others by political interests, so it cannot be pretended that the money produced by one be only for it, sponsoring the unsolidarity between those who share the same common project.

The treatment that Catalonia receipts by some that think ridiculous its self identity, and try to remove it, denying the fact of be official the bilingualism, despising its language, its traditions, equating these to something residual in the name of an absorbent Spanish nationalism, centralist and castrator of any identitary sentiment, only produces and gives reasons to that selfish Catalonian nationalism, that acts as it does that centralizer Spanish nationalism that does not understand nor thinks in that will of common project.

The best alley that have the Catalonians that are against (and we are against) to the independence of Catalonia is not in the rest of the most of Spaniards nor that amputated army, serving the Yankee designs, more worried in serving its master in Afghanistan or in everywhere in the world that in defending the national unity; yet let in the Spanish monarchy, what if had something of dignity, it would have “cogido las de Villadiego” (they would have gone away) and gone to the exile, all of them, in Botswana, joining to the elephants. The best ally is in Europe. In fact, France would feel in its self nation the Catalonian conflict, the Basque one and they would have to add the conflicts of Corsica and Bretagne. Belgium it would be divided, Italia would watch how it would raise the secessionist will in the North,…The Europe of the one hundred flags would start, but not in a Europe Nation nor in a Europe of the Homelands recognizig the identities, it would be in a Europe formed by selfish microstates, that would compete between them for share the staff of servants of countries as China or the USA.

After the independence demonstration, a lot of people have looked to another place. It has been heard anywhere a firm answer, overwhelming and bold (except the insults of ever) of those who think that the diversity of Spain is our nature and who are not willing to give an inch in that common project. We last. We last in convoking an unitary demonstration of Catalonians, that without symbols nor party spirits, gather in the St. James Plaza of Barcelona, bearing only Spanish flags, without coats of arms and “senyeras” (Catalonian flags), proclaiming in an unitary manifest the assertion of the Spanish Catalonia, solidary and inclusive with the rest of peoples of spain. And inthat demonstration everyone is welcome, except the secessioners and the secessionists, the anti-Catalonians and the neolerrouxists of the PxC of Anglada. It is time that the Catalonians, without absurd complexes, move , themselves, and in an outright manner shout in a perfect Catalonian: HERE IS SPAIN, UP WITH CATALONIA, UP WITH SPAIN.

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The death of Hitchens left a gaping hole in the conservative armature, but the demand has produced the supply in the person of Niall Ferguson, another Oxbridge graduate who has decamped to the States […]

Is it newsworthy that Ferguson, who backed McCain-Palin in ’08, supports Romney-Ryan? Yet the focus on him may signify that few conservative intellectuals can step up to the plate and with verve back the Republican ticket. Those who are not ranters, birthers or flat-earthers keep their heads down. Ferguson keeps his head up. He is a gift for conservatives.

This only begins the list of military actions over which Ferguson enthuses. He cannot wait until Israel, with American naval support, bombs Iran’s nuclear facilities. Pooh-poohing any doubts, our Harvard general posits that the bombing will usher in a period of “creative destruction” in Iran. He also suggests we should have used force in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab Spring, “which incidentally John McCain would have actively pursued had he been elected,” to orchestrate the emergence of American-friendly regimes. How military intervention in Libya or Egypt or Yemen would aid democratization is not spelled out. Perhaps Ferguson longs for a few more Iraq-type wars.

Ferguson is a provocative historian, but he is sometimes a shady numbers man and always a sunny militarist. “I am a fully paid-up member of the neoimperialist gang,” he declared some years ago. His prominence can be explained by his British charm and articulateness, but also by the dearth of credible and public conservative intellectuals.

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The man who predicted the Islamic revolution in Iran more than three decades ago says he stands strongly opposed to the Harper government’s decision last week to sever diplomatic relations.

“It’s stupid to close an embassy in these circumstances,” said James George, who served as Canada’s ambassador to Iran between 1972 and 1977. “We need to keep an ear open there – our own ear.” […]

How many divisions do the mullahs have?

“Richard Helms, who had been the head of the CIA and then became the American ambassador, used to tease me for spending too much time with the mullahs in [the Iranian holy city of] Qum,” he said. “He’d say to me, ‘How much military equipment do they have?’ And I’d say to him, ‘We’ll see who has the last laugh.’” […]

Mr. George said he sides with what he calls a majority of senior defence officials – in Israel and elsewhere – in opposing a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. “They think it would be crazy. They can’t do what they did in Iraq” – a reference to the 1981 Israeli attack on Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor at Osirak, then under construction.

Closing the Canadian embassy in Tehran, he says, puts us “on the wrong side of the fence when contemplating what happens between now and the U.S. election [in November]. “That’s the gap, the window, that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has to strike Iran. The way I read it, it suggests Canada has some inside information that Netanyahu will use that window, and Mr. Harper doesn’t want Canadian diplomats in the way.”

The Canadian decision simply “fuels speculation about a possible attack, adds to the tension and the likelihood that something will happen. I think it was the wrong move for that reason.”

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