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Leonid Bershidsky

Catalan Separatists Are on a Path to Failure

Separatists don't have the support of Spain, nor the desire to take on its army.
Flag waving.

Flag waving.

Photographer: David Ramos/Getty Images

There's a hard truth to understand for the many Catalans who intend to vote for independence on Oct. 1: Regardless of the legality of their vote, its result can only stand if they are ready to fight for it -- and if they can win in a violent conflict.

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