All of which is picking the fly feces out of the pepper! The basic problem remains: It’s all about borders. Borders between religious and tribal societies that spark the conflicts we define as sectarian. Whether it be Northern Ireland, Kashmir or Uganda, the problem is the same. Borders surveyed a century or more past by the British imperial map makers, many of whom had never visited the regions they were carving up. Iraq is one construct of the Queen’s troopers, led after WWI by Winston Churchill. We are now paying in American blood for the errors of that era.
To resolve a majority of the disputes around the world today a good first step would be to erase all frontiers defined by English cartographers and let the people of the territories concerned vote for their own maps and government. Give Kashmir back to the Kashmiris, leave the Paktun to rule east Afghanistan and western Pakistan. Give the Kurds back their lands on both sides of the Turkish border created at the close of the Ottoman era and eliminate Jordan while we’re at it.
And finally, erase the Canadian/U.S. border and let the tribes of North America claim back their homelands.
A simple solution to many challenges!
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.