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Jul. 7th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
This is the sort of stupid thing the Brit empire did, and we are still paying the global price of that foolishness (and by 'we' I mean the human race)
Jul. 7th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
and what do the inhabitants think about this?
Silly me, of course their opinions don't matter, they're just natives...
Jul. 7th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
OK, just how insane is this guy? Totally batshit insane, or even more insane than that? I mean a lot of the injustices he points to are very real, but this sort of thing as a solution.... yeesh. Maybe he's working for the arms industry who'd stand to make vast profits from all the wars this would start...
Jul. 7th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
It can't be serious. "Saudi Homelands Independent Territories"!?
Jul. 7th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting how Israel is left inviolate
Jul. 7th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
It is stated to be confined to its 1967 borders and coloured as a state "losing" territory. Hmm.

It does seem to me that we might all be better off had Sykes and Picot drawn this map in the middle of WWI rather than the one they actually did, which eventually led to the one we live with. But they didn't, and while might have beens are an interesting game for historians, they are not a sound basis for current foreign policy...
Jul. 7th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, and he still doesn't manage to resolve Kashmir either
Jul. 7th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)

I think I can, given a decade, and the current Kashmir budget. And the authority, of course.
Jul. 7th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Why am I reminded of Zhirinovsky's facility with maps?
Jul. 7th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
And yet it's pitched so ... reasonably. An uninformed reader might, just might, be lulled into thinking this is a good thing.

Personally, I wouldn't like to be the one to tell Pakistan that it's capital was now within the stone's throwing range of any self-respecting Belfast teenager of Afghanistan...
Jul. 7th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Each step of the process seems entirely reasonable (with the exception of the tirade against the House of Saud, which is just nasty racism of the lowest kind). It's only when you realise that every act of secession and/or Anschluß would cause a bloody religious war that you realise he's completely and utterly barking. Unless his agenda is to reduce the Middle East to a bunch of derelicts chucking half bricks at each other, forever.
Jul. 7th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Given how effectively those derelicts have managed to chuck far worse things than half-bricks at their neighbours in Gaza, in Yemen, in Saudi Arabia, and Iraq ... the result is likely far worse amongst these highly resourceful people.
Jul. 9th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
And yet it's pitched so ... reasonably. An uninformed reader might, just might, be lulled into thinking this is a good thing.

Behold, the evils of neoconservative government.
Jul. 7th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Oh dear god
When will we get these madmen to stop?

The sooner we see everyone else as the human beings that they are, than the multifaceted identities we all create, the sooner we can put all this idiocy behind us. At 6 billion and rising, in a post-nuclear age, we really can't afford these idiocies any longer.
Jul. 7th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh dear god
We can't afford any kind of nationalism, but ham-fisted imposed nationalism from a neocon Imperialist is by far the worst kind.
Jul. 7th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh dear god
On a mostly rhetorical line, I think 'nationalism' is an inevitable part of human identity ... but if it can be kept in line with say, World Cup feverish competition and coarse throat yelling, instead of say, 1914 'For the Kaiser/Queen/King/Czar!'-styled "Nationalism" - the better off we'd all be.
Jul. 7th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
Vague notion
They are looking at the wrong map. What are the football team districts like in these countries, towns, and villages? *Now,* if we can proliferate those, maybe we'd get somewhere.

Better to have people passionately kicking around a ball than hurling missiles and carbombs at one another.
Jul. 7th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
My favourite part is where on the second map he marks the West Bank as "status undetermined". Because his wand isn't quite magic enough to sort that one out.
Jul. 7th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
I take it, his magic wand doesn't come from this lot.
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