The UN Precedent

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To support or not to support, that is the question. 
The Palestinian UN Statehood recognition bid is set for the 20th of September.
I wish all the best to the new Palestinian State: the Gaza Strip.

However we are not here to discuss the success of the incoming UN recognition request. Instead, we are here to think about the doors the Palestinian UN bid opens to other prospective nations.

To support or not to support, that is the question...Spain & France support.
The Basque Country is a region located in North of Spain and Southwest of France. Its culture and language, euskara, in nothing are similar to the Spanish and French. Basques already existed prior to the establishment of both nations (history has it that Basque tribes exist since the Palaeolithic). Successive wars and occupation generated a Basque nationalism, toward the end of the 19th century. Since then, the Basques seek independence (ETA – a terrorist group – was born from that endeavour, in 1959). This year, ETA renounced violence in order to seek independence and recognition through democratic ways. It invited Spain to hold talks – so far, Spain refused. Does this behaviour ring a bell? The occupier refuses to sit with the rightful owners of the land to discuss a peaceful solution. Perhaps that is why the Spanish Government supports the incoming UN recognition of another occupier. As for France: no comments, just yet...
The Basque Country should organise itself properly and eventually seek unilateral statehood recognition near the UN.

To support or not to support...China supports.
It is well known that Tibet is an occupied nation, although China claims that the occupation is “nothing but a fiction of the imperialists who committed aggression against China in modern history”. The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA, an institution, based in India, with the goal of “rehabilitating Tibetan refugees and restoring freedom and happiness in Tibet”) claims that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has actively overwhelmed Tibet with migrants in order to change Tibet’s “demographic makeup” – what does this strategy remind you of?
China clings to Tibet because the Tibetan plateau is rich in mineral deposits (estimated at $128Bn), making thus China independent of foreign mineral imports. Still, in the words of CTA “China’s administration [of Tibet] is an illegitimate military occupation”.
The Dalai Lama has removed his position as authority within the institution and now Tibetans-in-exile can democratically elect their Kalon Tripa (equivalent to a PM). This move suggests that the Tibetan Spiritual Leader wishes to exercise some sort of separation of Church and State, so that the CTA can better address the Tibetan problem before the international community. Upon completion of its organisation and strategy, the CTA should seek unilateral statehood recognition at the UN.

Indeed, the incoming Palestinian UN bid opens so many gates to other nations-in-waiting. The precedent Fatah is opening will eventually lead us to see a free Tibet and Basque Country: thank you, Palestine!

Comments

  1. Max, you are so generous: do you have that much faith in Palestine? I agree that Gaza is the land of the Palestinian people, but do you really think they'll do anything with it?
    Spain is hypocritical; but then again what to expect from a nation whose third is anti-semitic? Now, basque nationalism and ETA ideologies are based on socialism - and ETA wants an independent socialist state...they are lefties and you wish them well? Yes, the Spanish behaviour towards ETA democratic endeavour does remind us of the Palestinians who refuse to sit with Israel to reach peace, but they are socialists nevertheless, and perhaps that is why people are skeptical about them (mainly the US).
    China supports Palestine in the UN, which was expected. The same way Palestine refuses to accept our history (of Israel) and right to exist as a Jewish State, China also refuses to accept the Tibetan history and its right to self-determination (which I would say, Independence). If it was up to Palestine they'd too say that the existence of Israel "is nothing but a fiction of the imperialists who committed aggression against the Arab World for 500 years"...see what I mean?

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  2. Hi Max,

    Politics are really not my expertise, especially since I don't know what's really going on to comment from a knowledgable point of view.

    With that being said, I am all for peaceful resolutions, but what we perceive as peace may be nothing more than a political game of chess.

    Excellent piece my dear.

    Peace & Love Cheers!

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  3. Hi Ana :D!

    "Max, you are so generous: do you have that much faith in Palestine? I agree that Gaza is the land of the Palestinian people, but do you really think they'll do anything with it?"

    In this case it has nothing to do with generosity nor faith. Israeli UN diplomat, Ron Prosor, believes that Palestine will win the General Assembly vote; thus, if an expert such as he is makes that assessment (after doing all he could to reach a different outcome), all I can do is to wish the new state all the best, because the incoming challenges will be huge and it won't be easy.

    "Spain is hypocritical; but then again what to expect from a nation whose third is anti-semitic? Now, basque nationalism and ETA ideologies are based on socialism - and ETA wants an independent socialist state...they are lefties and you wish them well?"

    I wish everybody and every nation well (because if they do well, then the people will do well - mainly women and children). I am aware of the lefty tendencies of ETA, but I ask you one question: wasn't Israel built on socialist principles (ex: the Kibbutzim)? And look what happened to the kibbutzim (individuality trampled communality)...

    "Yes, the Spanish behaviour towards ETA democratic endeavour does remind us of the Palestinians who refuse to sit with Israel to reach peace, but they are socialists nevertheless, and perhaps that is why people are skeptical about them (mainly the US)."

    Yes, that is the analogy. I think people are sceptical because ETA made use of violence to make their message heard; and not exactly because of their political ideology (the US trades with China, which for now still is a communist nation).
    Let's see how ETA will behave and how they will move in the democratic spheres.

    "The same way Palestine refuses to accept our history (of Israel) and right to exist as a Jewish State, China also refuses to accept the Tibetan history and its right to self-determination (which I would say, Independence). If it was up to Palestine they'd too say that the existence of Israel "is nothing but a fiction of the imperialists who committed aggression against the Arab World for 500 years"...see what I mean?"

    True. China also supports Palestine because it wants to do business in the future Palestinian state. LOL LOL Ana, you slay me, girl; but yes, I know what you mean: China and Palestine are prone to victimisation (they pretend to be cute lambs when in fact they are smart & hungry wolves).

    Ana, fantastic comment for which I thank you ever so much :D.

    Cheers

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  4. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Politics are really not my expertise, especially since I don't know what's really going on to comment from a knowledgable point of view."

    Thank you so much for your honesty, darling *bowing*. By principle, I don't talk about things I know nothing of either.

    "With that being said, I am all for peaceful resolutions, but what we perceive as peace may be nothing more than a political game of chess."

    Very well said! Your words reminded me of the restructured resolution text (drafted by Palestinians), which contains a soft diplomatic language (ex: we will negotiate with Israel - when plan otherwise) intented to allure the US (Germany, France, Italy and so forth) into supporting them...*nodding*. But such is the game, I suppose...

    "Excellent piece my dear."

    Thank you so much, sista *bowing*.

    Lady A, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

    Diplomacy & Love Cheers

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  5. You are being very diplomatic. Two issues that trouble my part of the world - Kashmir and Tamil Eelam. Both Pakistan and India would like Kashmir to be part of their territory, some Kashmiris want total independence and most would prefer some kind of autonomy within India and it is a total mess.

    Tamil Eelam, though the main protagonist the LTTE has been eliminated, is still simmering.

    Kurdistan would like to be free from the Turks, the Irquis and the Iranis.

    And the old USSR is now seeing a lot of interesting developments.

    Human beings are silly.

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  6. Hi Rummy :D!

    "You are being very diplomatic."

    *Bowing*...

    "Two issues that trouble my part of the world - Kashmir and Tamil Eelam. Both Pakistan and India would like Kashmir to be part of their territory, some Kashmiris want total independence and most would prefer some kind of autonomy within India and it is a total mess."

    Oh yes, I am aware of Kashmir but I have not heard of Tamil Eelam (I will look for it).
    What about the Indian territory China occupies (has India relinquished it for good)?

    "Tamil Eelam, though the main protagonist the LTTE has been eliminated, is still simmering."

    And I hope they get the right to self-determination (and I wish the same to Kashmir).
    Like I said, Palestine's bid opens a lot of doors to all these nations-in-waiting.

    "Kurdistan would like to be free from the Turks, the Irquis and the Iranis."

    True, but I could not include Kurdistan because its case is different and I must study it first (there are a lot of nuances there). Nevertheless, I do hope to see a free, independent Kurdistan one day :D.

    "And the old USSR is now seeing a lot of interesting developments"

    Chechnya, Chechnya...

    "Human beings are silly."

    Agreed.

    Rummy, outstanding comment for which I thank you so much :D.

    Cheers

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  7. Max, I am surprised you didn't mention Catalonia as a candidate for a new state. I hear they are every bit as independent minded as the Basques, although the mode of expression is different.

    I am waiting for an application for new UN member status to be filed by the Narco Republic of California.

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  8. Hi Looney :D!

    "Max, I am surprised you didn't mention Catalonia as a candidate for a new state. I hear they are every bit as independent minded as the Basques, although the mode of expression is different."

    There are a lot of candidates that I didn't mention (I have to leave something for you, guys ;)..); and yes you are right: they also seek independence although in a different way (they didn't resort to violence and their political nature is also different). Spain has some more issues to deal with: Galicia, for example (they also want independence, because they feel more related to Portugal - their language is extremely similar to ours).
    The UN and its members are in for a ride!

    "I am waiting for an application for new UN member status to be filed by the Narco Republic of California."

    LOL LOL LOL LOL that was a good one! LOL Narco Republic LOL LOL....

    Looney, awesome comment for which I thank you immensely :D.

    Cheers

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