In the well-known Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation, Ike, the Ex-President, alerted the American population to the existence of a Military Industrial Complex and its worrisome consequences. He explained that at first the American arms industry had been developed to protect Americans from an existing enemy, but that same industry had developed so many economic interests that from then on it would seek to create new enemies to continue feeding itself.
For some time now, the conflict of Catalonia cannot be explained by rationality or by the existence of a real enemy. But this lack of rationality does explain the pre-existing economic interests which force its Separatist actors to keep going no matter what the consequences are and it also explains their need to create enemies that do not exist or have been dead for 42 years, as it is the case of Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco.
The scandal this week with the Carles Puigdemont text messages proves to what extent the main actor in this farce can admit in private that "this is over" and shortly after, as a cog of that Separatist machinery, cannot refrain from keeping the ball rolling. The reality is that the Separatist Industrial Complex is above Puigdemont and other separatist secondary actors. There are too many institutions and organizations that support the Separatist Movement in Catalonia for unprecedented international ridicule to stop it. The problem is too systemic: it fills too many pockets and feeds too many mouths.
This conflict was, in fact, over a while ago; from the moment Europe and the world did not say HELLO! to the Catalan Republic, as their simplistic communication campaigns promised. This has been over for some time now and its continuance is more about denial than anything else. To a certain extent we understand (but do not justify) the reason why: The Separatists have been promised a Republic for too many years and reality will have an enormous impact on their Collective Unconscious.
In that sense, from a psychological (rather than political) point of view, perhaps we should ask ourselves how we can collectively promote conditions for Separatist voters’ acceptance of reality; something that will benefit us all in the long run.
This humble newspaper keeps working to export the Catalan Unionists point of view to the world. We think will be easier for the Separatists to hear the truth from abroad rather than from Spaniards.
From a rational point of view no argument seems more appropriate to convince them than the idea of “setting precedence”. We must calmly explain from that in the world of politics, as in jurisprudence, actions set precedents. And, therefore, no serious country on the planet could accept a Catalan Republic constituted after such a mediatic and soap operatic uproar.
We must make them understand that European leaders cannot declare themselves in favor of this matter so as not to set intercommunity precedents, but quite the contrary. It is obvious and logical that the project of an Independent Catalonia would be exceptionally difficult as for Europe since the EU wants to avoid that any other rich region in the Union will think of doing the same in the future. The Catalan Republic simply does not interest anyone.
On the other hand, human beings are emotional creatures and reason can conquer us only to a certain extent. We believe that in Catalonia there has been too much talk about embracing the independence movement and not enough has been said about embracing the pro-independence supporters. All of Spain must understand that the Catalan independence supporters, on a personal and individual level, are people as good as any others. They have simply been listening to a single and relentless message from the media during the last 20 years; a message of such singularity it would have been capable of converting Mao Tse-Tung from communism to capitalism.
On this point, we call attention to those who encourage prejudice and stereotypes every day- from the media to those in our private lives. There are Andalusians who are cheap and there are Catalans who are hilariously entertaining. Let's all relax a little. As we have said before, this is not a conflict that is solved by "defeating our enemy" because our "enemy" is our neighbor, our roommate, our cousin, or a good old friend. This can only be solved by everyone working together.
We also call for elimination of the labeling of people's because of the ideas they espouse. It is this labeling (I am this, you are that) that has led us here. It is the nationalist ideas that must be made to disappear and not the people who are manipulated by them.
And finally, this is a political problem, but it manifests itself as a bad mood. And a bad mood, as we know, is only fought with good humor. Let us not lose sight of the capacity that humor has to reconnect those who are separated. Let us ask ourselves more often what would Miguel de Cervantes say now while Carles continues to think about what Don Quixote would do now.
- The Editors of Tabarnia Today