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    Default Spanish general suggests potential invasion of Catalonia

    A general in the Spanish army has pointed to possible military intervention in the region if it votes for independence in the potential referendum next year, stating that "the fatherland is above and more important than democracy".

    Invasion of Catalonia an option, says general - The Irish Times - Fri, Mar 01, 2013

    This article is a few days old, but very bizarre to still hear such words in this day and age. Granted, the general is obviously not very high-ranking, but there certainly appears to be some lingering Falangist/Civil War elements in Spain today, although probably not surprising considering the long period of dictatorship that governed the country up until very recently.
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    Just because Barca are romping the league?
    War doesn't work. Give peace a chance.

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    Absolute stupid comments from a general and he should know better.
    Democracy allows the legitimacy of armed forces. Ignoring democracy creates a problem for armies.
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
    Just because Barca are romping the league?
    Royal Madrid have always been the team of the Franco supporters.
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
    George Orwell

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    He says he was misquoted: (via google translate)

    ""Under no circumstances out of my mouth the justification of military intervention against secession autonomous. Quite the contrary. There I made ​​it clear the subordination of the Government's FAS which is responsible for defending the constitutional mandate of the state""

    Chicharro niega haber justificado la intervención Catalunya

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    Absolute stupid comments from a general and he should know better.
    Democracy allows the legitimacy of armed forces. Ignoring democracy creates a problem for armies.
    But the problem is that Spanish democracy forbids states from seceding - an army which prevented secession could easily claim to be suppressing insurrection.

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    This could all get very messi.
    Faoi mhóid bheith saor

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    Quote Originally Posted by florin View Post
    But the problem is that Spanish democracy forbids states from seceding - an army which prevented secession could easily claim to be suppressing insurrection.
    A democratically endorsed secession would be difficult to stop by means of arms.
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    Does Spain even have the money for this ?

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    The army remained a Falangist force into the 1980s, and high ranking members supported the attempted coup in 1981. However, when the Socialists came to power they purged the military and I would be doubtful that it would pose any meaningful threat to Spanish democracy these days, in spite of the authoritarian streak that remains within much of the Spanish Right.

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