Feuding friends

History is primarily a long bloody tale of the fight for human freedom.

 

In the future, that fight must be nonviolent.

And the future must start today — especially in the Catalonia region of Spain, whose regional parliament voted for independence Friday.

It did so under the very real threat of oppression by Madrid, and with the specter of violence hanging over the land.

Catalonia has its own unique heritage, its own language, its own flag — and now, thanks in large part to the heavy-handed opposition of Madrid, a galvanized independence movement.

We don’t know what’s best for Catalonia. Indeed, its residents are sharply divided even as the move for secession creeps along.

We simply pray that Catalonians consider very carefully whether the political, economic and personal pain of separation are worth autonomy — and that Madrid considers carefully the cost of subduing the movement. The strife has already fractured friendships and families, as the region has one foot in and the other out of Spain. And, of course, there’s the potential of spilled blood.

America is heavily flavored with Spanish influence, and our peoples have much in common and many close ties.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends.

 

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