Will Spain shell Barcelona?
Catalonia’s push to leave Spain is interesting because if they get their way, the outcome will challenge the West’s unanimous accusation that Russia “illegally” annexed Crimea in 2014.
If the Catalonians succeed in seceding over Madrid's protests, then that raises the question: How can the Crimean secession from Ukraine be such a bitterly contended issue and how can the West impose sanctions on the country to which they acceded if other regions are allowed to secede with relative impunity and accede to a third country?
But, you say, the situation in Catalonia is not entirely analogous to the situation in Crimea. However, the analogies are rather surprising if you think about it. As in Crimea, a referendum is to be held in Barcelona to see if the Catalonians really want to secede (after a million-strong march in favor of the referendum, it seems likely that they do). As in Crimea, the nation to which Catalonian had belonged – Spain – vehemently denied the legitimacy of the campaign to impending referendum, just as Ukraine had challenged the legitimacy of the Crimean referendum.
So far the analogy is perfect. But, you say, while Crimea acceded to Russia, Catalonia is not acceding to another country. But wait, it will predictably want to accede to the EU, an organization with all the earmarks of a sovereign country, which refrains from calling itself a country because it wants the member states to think they are sovereign. Of course, they are not. Not when Brussels is demanding that the “sovereign” Hungary and other Visegrad nations accept “their share” of the EU’s immigrants, which were invited by the EU’s de facto boss Angela Merkel and not by the Hungarian government. It was in fact this kind of encroachment on sovereignty that prompted the Brexiteers to leave the EU. It was their strongest argument and their citizens agreed. Obviously, the UK citizens agreed that they were not sovereign and were in fact ruled by an empire – that is, an organization that has arrogated to itself all the earmarks of a sovereign state. So assuming the Catalonians win the referendum and then apply for membership in the EU as expected, the analogy with the Crimean secession and subsequent accession (not annexation as it is wrongly called in the West) to Russia is complete.
So assuming the Catalonians do hold their referendum and then apply as a sovereign entity for membership in the EU, they will have done all the things in Europe that the Crimeans did in their region.
Now the response was a furor throughout the Western sphere of influence, resulting in sanctions against Russia for allowing Crimea to accede to it. All Western media and pols who want to stay in office are calling this an illegal annexation.
Further, in another situation largely analogous to the Crimean and Catalonian situation, a referendum was held in 2014 in the Donbass region of the then-Ukraine known as pro-Russian and, while the results were unclear, a group of journalists from the Frankfuter Allgemeine Zeitung and the WaPo found in their pre-referendum informal poll that over 98% of the Donbass residents would have voted yes in the pending referendum. No reports indicated that any less than 65% did or would have voted for secession, though the results are clouded by Western frantic attempts to sabotage them.
This Donbass referendum is in a way more important still than the analogy with Crimea because thereafter, the Kiev government started shelling peaceful Donbass civilians and destroying their homes. They’re still at it except that now, the US Congress will be sending arms to help Kiev kill more civilians.
Update, links showing shelling by Kiev:
And what was the response of the Atlanticists to all this bloodshed on the part of its “partners” in Kiev? Dead silence at first followed by the position that both sides were at fault. Imagine if Catalonia won its referendum, which is considered illegal by Spain and in response, Spain starts shelling Barcelona. No one in the West would stand for that and yet they were fine when Kiev shelled Donbass civilians.
If they want to be consistent, the entire Atlanticist Establishment will have to refer to the future accession of Catalonia to the EU as an illegal annexation, allow Spain to shell the wayward Catalonians with weapons furnished by America, and when the latter try to defend themselves, blame both sides for the conflict.
Do you suppose they will do this?
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