Q&A - What is the opinion on the Barcelona car-ramming incident and its ramifications?

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Second Question: What is the opinion on the Barcelona car-ramming incident and its ramifications?

The car-ramming operation of 17 August 2017 in the cities of Barcelona and Cambrils occurred under the following circumstances:
1 - It is well known the government of Catalonia announced at the beginning of June that a referendum on the independence of the province from Spain would take place on 1 October 2017. And since the Spanish constitutional court continues to reject the decision to organise a referendum on the independence of Catalonia, the central government in Madrid entered into secret negotiations with the provincial government to reach an alternative other than the referendum, which both the central government and the constitutional court deem illegal. 

It seems the negotiations had reached a stalemate and the Spanish government had to resort to imposing a host of security measures in Catalonia - and this is exactly what the car-ramming operation has yielded - to prevent any progress in the referendum issue and to notify the political figures of the province that independence was out of the question. And this is conformant to the US policy in Spain since Catalonia's independence could have a domino effect on all the provinces aspiring to break away from Europe; and they are many. Maintaining the geographical status quo and preventing separatist manoeuvres within Europe represents an American interest since it would be difficult to uphold the policy of equilibrium in Europe intact if defence budgets or population structures were to change due to a change in the geopolitics of European states such as France, Germany, Britain and Spain to name but a few.

2 - As for Morocco. It is well known that the northern region known as al-Rif has been the scene of constant protests and demonstrations for the past few months due to what al-Rif opposition movement deems as an infringement of "individual and common freedom" of expression and association by the gendarmes and the Moroccan governing institution "el-Makhzen". 

This issue has been a source of severe anxiety to the Spanish government due to potential impact it may generate on the Moroccan community living in Spain; and more importantly the potential spread of such popular protests to the cities of Ceuta and Melilla occupied by Spain and situated in the region of Rif. In fact, Spain had been secretly instrumental in agitating the situation since she had been acting on America's behalf in pushing the agenda of the Rif secession. 

Faced with this scenario, the Spanish interior ministry announced on 14 August 2017 its intention to introduce sophisticated technology to monitor the borders of Ceuta and Melilla, including advanced drones to map the borders as the migrants' attempt to cross the border from northern Morocco had increased. The Moroccan government is vehemently averse to this measure since the drones would be taking pictures from within Moroccan territory. 

It is under such circumstances that the car-ramming incident occurred in Catalonia. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack to increase the need for using the drones and all surveillance equipment under the guise of combating Daesh and illegal migration. This was corroborated by the Spanish authorities' announcement on 18 August 2017 that they had arrested four suspects, three Moroccans and one Spaniard from the city of Melilla. As for the fallout of the Barcelona operation within the general policies of the US in Europe, it is designed to speed up the issuance of laws and measures to curb illegal migration to Spain and allow the Spanish police to raid homes under the guise of combating terrorism, irrespective of the "human rights" and "personal freedom" they boast about in their intellectual forums and media outlets. Furthermore, the fire of Islamophobia and hatred of foreigners has been stoked through this operation among others plotted and executed through the NATO affiliated cell dubbed as Gladio. As Spain's prime minister called for a worldwide response to what he described as "Jihadi terrorism", social networking sites were swarmed with Spanish hashtags inciting people against the Muslims under the theme of "stop Islam". Meanwhile, the rightwing mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro threatened to open fine on anyone shouting "Allahu Akbar" in a public space. He added: "We will send them straight to Allah before they can inflict any harm or us." Such statements evoke hatred against the Muslims, not only in Italy but throughout Europe. 

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25 August 2017