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Spain and Morocco: More on la Espaņolidad

     Miles Seeley reports on his four years in Morocco:
     "I lived in Morocco for 4 years in the late 1950s and early 1960s and visited Ceuta and Melilla a few times. Relations with Spain and Morocco were complicated. Many Spaniards living there (and in Morocco) were Andalusians, many with gypsy blood. They were very proud. The mountainous country in Ceuta was beautiful, and the beaches of those two enclaves were pristine and superb. When Franco's daughter married the then Chief of Staff of the Moroccan Army, it was a celebration to boggle the mind. I felt then that Spain and Morocco had very close ties, both in blood and culture."

     My comment: When Miles speaks of the Moroccan Army, he means the Spanish army there. The problem for WAIS is that it has no member living there who can inform us on the situation there. The situation is changing constantly.
     The reason for Aznar's hardline approach is becoming clear. The choice of words in important. There is a Spanish nation, while the Basque provinces, Catalonia, etc are not nations. The constitution approved by the Spaniards is not negotiable. Spain is not a federation or confederation, as the Socialists suggest, joined by free agreement, so that the other "nations" could secede if the wanted. Spain will make so concessions (hence the denunciation of Aznar's "immobilism"). The Civil Guard will not be removed from the Basque provinces, even though some of its top leaders under the Socialist government have been sentenced to long jail sentences for abuses they committed. Such abuses will not occur under the Aznar government.
     While he was also tacitly warning Morocco, it is not clear how many Spaniards in the enclaves would seek to secede from Spain. Residences of the enclaves have sought reassurances from Aznar on this score.

Ronald Hilton - 1/10/00