more links about Kashmir

Sino-Pakistan Frontier Agreement 1963.

Crossing The Lines: Kashmir, Pakistan, India“.

Read: A Nation Divided… on Purpose? By Duncan Pickard, published in TUFTS OBSERVER, February 23, 2007

I have an idea. I think there has been too much religious tension in the United States, so I’m going to redraw our state lines so everyone who thinks alike can live together in harmony.

The Christians will live in the South and Midwest. All Jews should report to New England. Michigan will be for the Muslims. Existentialists, atheists, and utopians: off to California. And for everyone else, feel free to go wherever you want, but stay out of the way …

… this absurd political reorganization is similar to a plan to break Iraq into three sections: geographic provinces for Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds.

The plan is the brainchild of Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Leslie Gelb (LA’59), president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. It has garnered strong support from critics of the Bush administration’s Iraq policies and those wary of increasing sectarian violence there …

… The tripartite system in Iraq also bears a striking resemblance to the establishment of the Kashmir region in northern India in 1947. The Indian government forced Muslims from the south into Kashmir to help stabilize the country. Unfortunately, the move has had the opposite effect.

Although the Kashmir valley is 99 percent Muslim, both Pakistan and India hold claims to the territory. As a result, both countries have been developing nuclear weapons and world leaders consistently refer to Kashmir as one of the most dangerous places in the world …

… By promoting the tripartite system, the United States would send the wrong message to the world about its plans for peace and its national security interests. In a column in the New York Times launching the tripartite plan, Leslie Gelb argued that by dividing Iraq and isolating the troublesome Sunnis, American officials could wait for the Sunnis, “without oil or oil revenues, to moderate their ambitions or suffer the consequences.” In other words, the United States should coercively punish areas around Baghdad and all the Sunnis, Kurds, Shiites, Jews, and Christians in it because the Sunnis have resisted American occupation. The Gelb plan would likely infuriate Sunni Arabs while simultaneously concentrating their political power. This could be a deadly combination. The United States should work with the Sunnis, not alienate them further …

… The Biden-Gelb plan challenges Iraqi sovereignty and contrasts Iraq’s legal and egalitarian constitution. A tripartite system in Iraq has little support among Iraqis and political leaders. Imposing an unpopular system of government on Iraq disregards Iraqis’ choice in government, further alienates the Sunnis, ignores religious diversity, and expects to fit ideologies into boxes on a map. This dangerous combination sends the wrong message about American participation in the Middle Eastern peace process … (full long text).

My comment: Same you can state about the Kashmiri-division (but then it were the British creating: divide and reign. What if the mess in Iraq WILL go as long as it runs in Kashmir?

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