Redrawing borders – Middle EastLocked
Ralph Peters author of the book: Never Quit the Fight, Stackpole Books. 2006; in an article written in June 2006 begins thus:
International borders are never completely just. But the degree of injustice they inflict upon those whom frontiers force together or separate makes an enormous difference ? often the difference between freedom and oppression, tolerance and atrocity, the rule of law and terrorism, or even peace and war.
The most arbitrary and distorted borders in the world are in Africa and the Middle East. Drawn by self-interested Europeans (who have had sufficient trouble defining their own frontiers), Africa’s borders continue to provoke the deaths of millions of local inhabitants. But the unjust borders in the Middle East ? to borrow from Churchill ? generate more trouble than can be consumed locally.
You can read the entire article and look at the before and proposed AFTER maps here: http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/2006/06/1833899/
I read that this article has stirred up interest/concern in ‘some’ circles.