Skip to comments.Spanish fighter jets fire up Gibraltar strife
Posted on 07/06/2013 5:40:10 PM PDT by Vanders9
The tiny British-held territory of Gibraltar complained to London on Wednesday that four Spanish air force jets entered its territory without permission, the latest in a string of disputes over alleged Spanish incursions into its territory.
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But whyever would they do that?
I was born in Spain and lived there for 22 years (now I’m a proud US citizen), so I am familiar with the Gibraltar issue. I have always believed that Spain’s position is extremely hypocritical. As long as Spain holds on to Ceuta and Melilla on Morocco’s coast, she does not have the right to complain about Gibraltar.
That’s real smart.
I was in Spain for a two week visit in 1991. We travelled south from Madrid to Algeciras and around Spain to Barcelona, and finally back to Madrid on a Spanish Rail Pass. We took a boat across from Algeciras to Tangier, and then took a bus from Algeciras to Gibraltar. We had breakfast on Gibraltar, a full English breakfast - a real treat after a week in Spain. I climbed the Mediterranean Steps to the top...an exciting, and for me a rather strenuous climb. The climb was well worth it (my wife took the less strenuous roadway to the top).
At the top it quickly becomes obvious what a military advantage Gibraltar was for the British. We could also look down on the naval docks below, where the Ark Royal (Jump jet version) was in port. They have guns on top that were capable of hitting anything passing them between Gibraltar and Africa there at the mouth of the Mediterranean.
The Spaniels need a fight with the Brits to distract their population from the lousy way they’re managing other affairs.
Two dying welfare states squabbling over some abstract geographical issue.
It is purely a geographic issue, as the residents of Gibraltar overwhelmingly want to remain with the British.
Everybody knows the nanny states aren't going fight each other over this.
At best all Spain can hope for is to try to get the Brits into feeling guilty enough to give.
I don’t know. I’m just bringing the issue to people’s attention.
We are going there in APril.....did you have MONKEYS jumping on you??
The Barbary Apes on Gilbraltar do interact with humans, and it is now illegal to feed them...up to a 500 quid fine for doing so. We did not have any jump on us, but we did see them up close and personal. There are now some 300 of these no-tail creatures on the Rock.
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