Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fearful Spain

At the blog Xenia Kerimova you will find a post titled "When the deepest of Spain's fears emerges", and it goes like this:

Franklin Roosevelt once said: “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”. The context has obviously nothing to do, but Spain should keep this sentence in mind.

Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spain’s Foreign Minister, justifies Spain’s opposition to recognizing Kosovo as an independent state stating that unilateral independence is not allowed by international law. Even if this is true indeed, no one will ever believe this is the actual reason for Spain to be against Kosovo’s independence. Spain is actually showing here its own fear, a fear to a Basque and a Catalan secession with Kosovo as a precedent. No matter how many times the Spanish government states there is not a single similarity between Kosovo and the Basque Country, the truth is its reluctances to accept Kosovo’s independence show the deepest of Spain’s fears.

The question is: can a country just keep on ignoring another country forever? I don’t think so, and sooner or later Spain will have to assume Kosovo being an independent state. Spain did not recognize Israel as a country when the State of Israel was created in 1948. The important thing is Spain finally had to, even if 38 years afterwards.

I went ahead and highlighted the juiciest part.

Oh, and by the way, Spain is late 500 years in recognizing Euskal Herria's sovereignty, their time is up I would say.

And when will Israel recognize Palestine?

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