Login/Sign up

World Association of International Studies

PAX, LUX ET VERITAS SINCE 1965
Post Military Intervention in Catalunya? From Anthony J. Candil
Created by John Eipper on 03/03/13 7:55 AM

Previous posts in this discussion:

Post

Military Intervention in Catalunya? From Anthony J. Candil (John Eipper, USA, 03/03/13 7:55 am)

In response to Luciano Dondero's post of 2 March, I received this note from Anthony J. Candil, a reader in Austin, Texas:

Nothing really to worry about, but first let me introduce myself...

My name is Anthony J. Candil, and I'm a former professor and military officer who--for a variety of reasons--has been linked to Spain for a very long time, living and working there during a major part of the last 30 years. I do have a lot a friends in Spain, and some of them are even key generals in the Armed Forces.

Presently I live in Austin, Texas. I take this opportunity to greet all WAISers and I thank you all for a magnificent job.

A military intervention is not only unlikely in Catalunya--where neither the Army nor any other military service, Navy or Air Force, maintains any deployment at all--but anywhere else in Spain. The reason is very simple.

To start with, we must be aware of the real capabilities of the Spanish Armed Forces, today smaller in personnel than the whole University of Texas, if we include here not only UT at Austin, but at Houston and Dallas as well. Officers, NCOs, and privates are almost completely demoralized and behave no better than any medium-sized company not achieving its goals. The pay is low, training is almost nonexistent, due to lack of budget. In some units the rate of foreign immigrants lacking all motivation is higher than 30%. No one can intervene no matter where and why with such an inefficient tool.

Second, 99% of the present Spanish generals lack not only authority and leadership but also guts to do anything out of the ordinary. Generalship is not made of efficient and capable military officers, but of politically correct ones only, a lesson learned certainly after Franco but after the infamous coup attempt on February 23, 1981. This is also a topic I'm open to discuss at any time.

General Chicharro is a Spanish Marine officer, already retired on US terms, who lacks any authority within the Spanish military, so nothing to worry about as I said.

Nevertheless he hasn't said anything stupid. As far as I know he has just said that "the concept of Motherland is previous to that of the Constitution." I consider this to be right in the same way as we can say in the US that the Declaration of Independence precedes the Constitution, as it cannot be otherwise.

I'm open to continuing this very interesting conversation.

Thanks to all of you.

JE comments: And my thanks to Anthony J. Candil for his interest in WAIS. Catalonian secession appears to be more of a possibility today than at any moment in modern times. The crux of the issue is the idea of nation: note that Jordi Molins spoke of Catalunya as his "nation," whereas in Madrid an independent Catalunya is as unthinkable as losing Andalucía.

I agree with Anthony that we should interpret Gen. Chicharro's remarks as those of a private citizen, albeit one who presumably has strong ties with the Spanish military brass.



SHARE:
Rate this post
Informational value 
Insight 
Fairness 
Reader Ratings (0)
0%
Informational value0%
Insight0%
Fairness0%

Visits: 74

Comments/Replies

Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

Trending Now



All Forums with Published Content (41956 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications

Economics

Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy

Education

Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series

History

Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust

Nations

Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire

Politics

Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 Violence War War Crimes Within the US

Religion

Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)

Travel

Geography Maps Tourism Transportation

WAIS

1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who