“Separation is forever.” Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Any time you divide one number by another number, you end up with a smaller number.
And so it is with Scotland’s vote to succeed from the not-so-United Kingdom, which is scheduled to take place on Sept. 18.
The vote appears too close to call, but even the fact that it’s taking place is disconcerting. As Rupert Murdoch tweeted, “Scottish poll reflects world-wide disillusion with political leaders and old establishments, leaving openings for libertarians and far left.”
Why should we care about what’s happening across the Atlantic? Asking what tiny Scotland has to do with the fate of the U.S. is like asking what tiny Greece has to do with the fate of Europe.
Putting aside the economic impact, this is a time when the world’s democracies need to be united against a growing terrorist threat. Even President Obama acknowledged this week that ignoring the world’s problems won’t make them go away, when he declared war on the Islamic State. (OK, he didn’t call it a war, he called it a “counter-terrorism campaign.” And his predecessors called fighting in Vietnam a “conflict.”)
So, at a time when America is seeking to rally its allies in battle against the Islamic State, one of America’s strongest allies is distracted by an internal split. Consider what The Spectator had to say about the upcoming vote: