Scotland Votes NO: Now What?

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By the early light of Friday morning the result of the Scottish Referendum had become clear. By a decisive majority—55 percent to 45 percent—the citizens of Scotland rejected the prospect of independence from the United Kingdom. Why did they do so, and what will come next?

By the early light of Friday morning the result of the Scottish Referendum had become clear. By a decisive majority—55 percent to 45 percent—the citizens of Scotland rejected the prospect of independence from the United Kingdom. Why did they do so, and what will come next?

America in Fear

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The Canadian weekly Maclean’s recently ran a sobering article on the USA by Scott Gilmore (Maclean’s, September 10, 2014). Gilmore wrote, “If America is still the ‘shining city upon a hill,’ that is only because of the klieg lights glinting off the razor wire…  After endless bloody wars, trillions spent on security, the battering of the Constitution, and the creation of a militarized surveillance state, American citizens, at the very least, look like the losers in the war on terror” (ibid.). “The perception of America as a stabilizing force for good has been severely damaged, and its reputation has plummeted… The United States has become less free, less open, more militarized… The nation responsible for leading mankind to the moon now chooses to spend its money on over 3,000 domestic intelligence organizations and not on new dreams… America is bloodied, cowed and exhausted. But it is not defeated. It is not too late to recognize that the real enemy was not hiding in Abbattabad. The real enemy was fear” (ibid.). 

The Canadian weekly Maclean’s recently ran a sobering article on the USA by Scott Gilmore (Maclean’s, September 10, 2014). Gilmore wrote, “If America is still the ‘shining city upon a hill,’ that is only because of the klieg lights glinting off the razor wire…  After endless bloody wars, trillions spent on security, the battering of the Constitution, and the creation of a militarized surveillance state, American citizens, at the very least, look like the losers in the war on terror” (ibid.). “The perception of America as a stabilizing force for good has been severely damaged, and its reputation has plummeted… The United States has become less free, less open, more militarized… The nation responsible for leading mankind to the moon now chooses to spend its money on over 3,000 domestic intelligence organizations and not on new dreams… America is bloodied, cowed and exhausted. But it is not defeated. It is not too late to recognize that the real enemy was not hiding in Abbattabad. The real enemy was fear” (ibid.). 

Israel Appeals to the Pope

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As EU nations met in Wales to discuss the ISIS crisis in Iraq, former Israeli president Shimon Peres met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Mr. Peres’ aim was to encourage the Pope to create “a ‘United Nations of Religions’ to counter the rise of religious extremism” (The Times, September 5, 2014). “Mr. Peres said a ‘United Religions Charter’ should be drawn up that made it clear in the name of all faiths ‘that cutting people’s throats, or committing mass killings, as we have seen in these weeks, has nothing to do with religion’” (ibid.). The Pope made no commitment to Mr. Peres, but later discussed the issue with King Abdullah of Jordan (ibid.). 

As EU nations met in Wales to discuss the ISIS crisis in Iraq, former Israeli president Shimon Peres met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Mr. Peres’ aim was to encourage the Pope to create “a ‘United Nations of Religions’ to counter the rise of religious extremism” (The Times, September 5, 2014). “Mr. Peres said a ‘United Religions Charter’ should be drawn up that made it clear in the name of all faiths ‘that cutting people’s throats, or committing mass killings, as we have seen in these weeks, has nothing to do with religion’” (ibid.). The Pope made no commitment to Mr. Peres, but later discussed the issue with King Abdullah of Jordan (ibid.). 

Scotland at the Brink

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Today, on Thursday, September 18, 4.29 million registered voters living in Scotland will be able to vote on the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The prospect of an independent Scotland has sent shockwaves through the rest of the United Kingdom, and around the world. If the Scots vote “Yes,” Great Britain will, at a stroke, cease to exist in the form we have known for more than 300 years. What does this vote portend for the UK and the world?

Today, on Thursday, September 18, 4.29 million registered voters living in Scotland will be able to vote on the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The prospect of an independent Scotland has sent shockwaves through the rest of the United Kingdom, and around the world. If the Scots vote “Yes,” Great Britain will, at a stroke, cease to exist in the form we have known for more than 300 years. What does this vote portend for the UK and the world?

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