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The Durand Line

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 27, 2009


After eight years of killing in Afghanistan, PG had no clue that the border with Pakistan is disputed.

The United States is spoiled by the acceptance of our international frontiers. The Rio Grande is obvious. While the Canadian border was a matter of contention at one time, it has been accepted for many years. (Of course the human traffic from Mexico is an issue, but that is another story). In many parts of the world, where one country ends and another begins is casus belli, or reason to start a war.

When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, an argument could be made that they were reclaiming their own territory. Many of the boundaries in the Middle East were drawn by the British, often with little concern for the unfortunate people who lived there.

In 1893, what is now Pakistan was known as India, a part of the British empire. The Foreign Secretary of this government was a gentleman named Mortimer Durand. In 1893 a border was drawn between Afghanistan and India, which became known as the Durand line. There are stories of British dirty deeds. Much of what is today Pakistan arguably  belongs to Afghanistan, or even an independent Balochistan.

Iran is in turmoil. The protests that erupted over the contested election have returned with vengeance. Andrew Sullivan, as in the past, is presenting a flood of information. This quote caught PG’s eye:
“Past all the amazing things that were captured on the footage that leaked out of Iran today, perhaps what was most interesting is what was missing: any mention of Ahmadinejad. The abundance and veracity of anti-Khameini chants on Ashura should not be overlooked. The Supreme Leader (with the doctrine of velayat-eh faqih which vests him with power) has become public enemy number-one.”
The media-government cabal in America enjoys demonic leaders. When the issues behind a controversy are complicated, and often not complimentary to America, a photogenic bad guy is a good distraction. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an example. He is short, and rumored to have poor personal hygiene. He says things that seem outrageous, and almost no one challenges the translation. And Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is, apparently, without power.

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  1. […] and an effort to kill terrorists there before they kill us here. When people began to cross the ill defined border with Pakistan, the war machine followed. Much of the killing has been from the air . Thousands […]

  2. The Poems Of The Taliban « Chamblee54 said, on April 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    […] But that’s coming from the contact with the Pakistanis.” It should be noted that the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan was drawn by the British, and is disputed today. Much of the […]

  3. The Poems Of The Taliban | Chamblee54 said, on April 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

    […] But that’s coming from the contact with the Pakistanis.” It should be noted that the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan was drawn by the British, and is disputed today. Much of the […]

  4. The Durand Line | Chamblee54 said, on December 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    […] of what is today Pakistan arguably belongs to Afghanistan, or an independent Balochistan. This is a repost, with photographs from The Library of […]


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