Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spain is Making a Down Payment on a Civil War, Maybe.

The Spanish government is seeking to try the leaders of the Catalan separatist movement for rebellion.

I think this is foolishness. The Catalan separatist movement is a political movement. They seek to persuade the Catalans to separate from Spain, to form their own nation. The only proper way to counter a political movement is by persuasion. There are a lot of Catalans who oppose independence. Such a drastic change in governance should require clear support from a super-majority of the people. The independence-seekers aren't there.

But they are going to get there if the Spanish government continues down a road that betrays its fascist roots. Using the criminal justice system to crack down on a peaceful political movement is an act of state, of judicial violence. If Madrid closes off all avenues of peaceful change, as it evidently is intent on doing, that leaves only one avenue left to seek change.

Not terribly long ago, you could wander the streets of Barcelona and see bullet scars on the buildings from the Spanish Civil War. That war ended nearly eighty years ago. There is almost nobody left to tell, firsthand, the horrors of that war. Those who fought in it are almost all gone. Now, like a bunch of foolish chickenhawks, Madrid is playing around with the ingredients of commencing a war. I would hope that they would see the folly of their current course of action.

History may not repeat itself, but it does have a rhythm. The song that is now being played by Madrid has a chorus of blood, wreckage and death.


Borepatch said...

"The Dark Night of Fascism is always descending upon America but somehow it's always landing in Europe."

Comrade Misfit said...

I think it was Tam who said something about the Europeans holding the speed record for going from zero to jackboots.