Dec

5

 A stimulating excursion from the President. Vic.

John Tierney writes:

I read an interesting article today regarding two small Moroccan enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, over which the Spanish have retained control for years. Franco refused to cede control as the location is at the southern entrance to the Straits of Gibralter.

The Moroccan government wants Madrid out; Moroccans, even many of them Muslims, want Madrid to retain control.

In and of itself, the story isn't especially exciting or interesting. In 1960 few had ever heard of Quemoy and Matsu; the islands, about the only territory that Mao hadn't wrested from Chiang Kai-Shek, controlled the Taiwan Strait. However, in the Kennedy/Nxon debates of that year many claim it proved pivotal in the outcome of the election…and, hence, reshaped history (what would a President Nixon have done about the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin Wall?).

Going back a little further, few had ever heard of Archduke Ferdinand. Whether true or not, his assassination is widely attributed to the outbreak of the First World War.

Interestingly many of history's major upheavals were triggered by seemingly trivial events. Like the one additional grain of sand that brings down the whole pile. For a while I have kicked around the idea of a website with a name like "The Final Grain."

However, I'm nowhere near worldly enough to even grasp a fraction of the potential locales or personalities that circumstance might place in the center of a world altering event.

However, postings from a multitude of intelligent, widely dispersed individuals with a multitude of different experiences, opinions, and contacts might create some interesting speculations on events that the conventional media would never think about twice.

Feel free to run with it…


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  1. Asdrúbal el Bello on December 5, 2010 7:11 pm

    If you [are] a person interested in the truth, know that Spain and the Moorish tribes of what today is Morocco [have been] vying for more than 2000 years in the Strait. That Ceuta (Septem) and Melilla (Rusadir), were part of the Roman province of Hispania in the first century, that Ceuta was home to a Hispanic-Visigothic county in the early eighth century, that Ceuta was conquered by the King of Portugal in 1440, and since then has been under Spanish kingdoms (Portugal first, Castilian then), that Melilla was conquered by Castile in 1497, before any monarchy was established in Fez, Rabat or Marrakech. That in all treaties since the seventeenth century, the Moroccan sultan recognized Spanish sovereignty over these places.
    In short, as in times of Cid, back wars between the Moors and Spaniards, Islam and Western Culture. In the battlements we will watch. I hope that you have clear [on] what side you fight.

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