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Basque Nationalism

As I have said so often, language is the glory of mankind, languages the curse, especially of Europe. Violence in the Basque provinces is comparable to that in Northern Ireland or Corsica. The Basque Nationalists infuriate the national parties, since they pay only lipservice to the condemnation of terrorism. The mysterious Basque language, which even few Basques know, is being pushed as an instrument of nationalism, using TV. Even in the U.S., Basque language TV news programs can be seen, an enterprise which must demand money and the support of the Nationalists. This is distracting from the serious technical education which the times demand, and which is available only in the major languages.

Ronald Hilton - 03/21/99