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Opening Arguments

A separate path

I've tried to follow the debate over Scottish independence, honestly I have. But I can't really work up enough enthusiasm to care much one way or the other. But I found this interesting:

Brussels (AFP) - The prospect of Scottish independence is raising fears in Europe that it could inflame other separatist movements at a time when the continent's unity and even its borders are under threat, analysts say.

While nationalists from Catalonia to Flanders will watch Scotland's referendum with hope, Brussels is nervous about the possibility of a major European Union member like Britain falling apart.

The fear of contagion spreads as far as the EU's eastern frontier, where the Baltic countries worry that Moscow will back their ethnic Russian citizens who could then claim more autonomy.

"Separtist movement" is rather judgmental, don't you think? "Unity" good, "separtism" bad, especially if the "fear of contagion" spreads. Didn't we have a "separtist movement" here, and didn't we call it the "fight for freedom"? I know there are good reasons to vote yes or no on idependence. But screw it. They want to go their own way -- more power to them.