"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
1st Paragraph of the US Declaration of Independence
Friday, 14 December 2007
What is Catalonia?
Well, for starters, what it isn’t. It isn’t a “region” of Spain, at least not in the political sense. It’s what is known as an “Autonomous Community” (see the Wikipedia entry). The only Spanish Autonomous Community that is formally termed a region is the Region of Murcia. There are articles on the Catalan people, nationalism and independentism in Wikipedia, although some items in the entries are highly debatable, even contentious, so a visit to the discussion page is a must. In any case, I do not intend to compete with Wikipedia. What I hope to do is to lay out different points of view, particularly mine, which is that of an Independentist.