"No nation can, or should, hold dominance over another nation." Barack Obama
President Obama's statement has global implications. It applies universally, to all nations which remain under the domination of other nations. Here we feature the Kurds and the Catalans, but we might equally mention the Bretons, the Cornish, the Welsh, the Scots, the Galacians, the Sicilians, the Basques, the Flemish, the Armenians* and many other national groups which remain under the control of larger, more dominant nations. Many of these political inequalities have arisen as a result of former colonialism or arbitrary division when boundaries were created, or have resulted from one nation annexing another nation and incorporating it into its dominions (e.g. Wales).
According to the latest results of the unofficial poll in Catalonia it appears that 95% of the Catalan people want freedom from Spain.
*Armenia, like the majority of the former Soviet republics, suffers from the continuing influence of major foreign powers in its economic, financial, and political life. Despite its commitment to independence and sovereignty, it continues to be played like a pawn on the strategic chess board, in a modern version of the Great Game, between the Anglo-American powers in London and Washington, on the one hand, and certain circles in Moscow. Thirdly, and perhaps as a consequence of the first two factors, the national political leadership has not managed to articulate and pursue a long-term vision for the nation.