Currently, we can observe mixed emotions in Scotland. While some are wildly celebrating the “NO” result others are grieving over it. Nevertheless, what the rest of the world has to learn from Scotland is to settle their independence issues by the same process of voting peacefully.
CATALONIA: The other day while I was watching a match of F.C Barcelona, I was surprised to hear the commentator mentioning about Catalans, their unique culture, their own language and their struggle to become an Independent nation- a designation which they contained once long ago. How long can Spain counterbalance their desire? The issue will never settle with such an attitude and will only end up in an ugly revolt. Spain can certainly avoid that by following the trend created by Scott’s.
ABKHAZIA / SOUTH OSSETIA : I still remember this issue when Russia locked horns with Georgia over these two provinces. The images are fresh in my mind from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing when Georgian athletes protest over the aggression and tyranny of Russia and try to globalize this issue on the world stage. Only, if “Scotland ” had happened prior to that perhaps the war could have been stopped or perhaps not. But now, we can hope something fruitful to happen.
REST OF THE WORLD: This may turn out to be a never ending list. Many of the current separation movements are taking place in Europe while Kurdistan in Iraq falls into the rare category outside Europe. I may appear to be ludicrous if I urge for a similar voting system in Iraq considering the country’s current scenario but after watching Scotland, some where down the line I still have a hope for such peaceful referendums.
Personally, I am an anti-fan of separatism. Weakening of Russia after it’s dissolution from USSR and strengthening of Germany after the fall of Iron Curtain are the classic examples which I always mention when people cross me with this topic. When we can calmly and eloquently convince people by mentioning the advantages of a big nation, perhaps all of the above mentioned nations will vote to remain united to their respective countries. Even if they vote against, I would be equally happy because the decision would have been made without violence.