Is this really how we should expect a, to an all intended purpose, civilised democratic country to act to an, on the whole, a peaceful gathering of persons. The governing and legal authorisations did not wish for this referendum to take place, but the elected assembly of Catalonia did.
Who is right and who’s wrong, or are all both right and wrong? Would it have been detrimental to allow this referendum to take place, for with Scotland the UK did allow, a few years ago, for one to take place.
Catalonia, has for some many years been wishing for its independence from Spain and does have some independence as it does have its elected assembly.
Unity creates strength and a break up could have disastrous consequences for all of Spain, even Catalonia, but should not the will of the people not be sought. Now, what will be the resulting outcome of what appears to be a high handed approach from the Spanish authorities. Could this not have the reverse effect and strengthen the independence cause.
Then there is the Basque question, will there be a strong resurrection re their own conflicts about Basque independence, which, in the past has been very violent and terrorist acts have been committed. This could then extend into France who also have their own Basque question of independence.
This is all occurring while the UK Brexit is proceeding, the resurgence of the far right in Germany and who knows where else in Europe.
Could this be the end of European unity, while the disunity within Europe had some bad consequences in the first half of the Twentieth Century.
Could be troubling times within Europe and then there is the Trump effect in America, which in itself could cause major conflicts especially with North Korea.
We say that for the past some 70 years there has been a fair amount of peace, but has there, There was the breakup of Yugoslavia, which created so many conflicts, the Americans and their allies in Vietnam, Israel and the Palestinians, the Middle East with Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, also Afghanistan, Russia and Ukraine, the UK with Ireland and Northern Ireland and more. Well, if that is peace, then what is War.
We may soon find out with Trump and North Korea, or will it be a conflict yet to occur.
Let’s hope and pray that for once again we all, or most of us, come through the storm.