Friday, September 01, 2006

Imperial Fantasies: Redrawing the Mideast Map as a Weekend Project

Wannabe American satrap brings peace to the Middle East after spending a few hours with Adobe Illustrator.

A gigantic new Kurdish state...a huge Arab Shia state composed of chunks of Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia..a massively expanded Greater Jordan...a Greater Lebanon eating up all of Syria's coast...Pakistan cut in half...

The only spot he seems to show any reticence whatsoever about carving up is Israel/Palestine...notice the status of the Occupied Territories is still 'undetermined'. ;-)

Hmmm...maybe that evil aspartame stuff really is an incredibly dangerous neurotoxin...say comparable to Roman lead plumbing... ;-)

Edit: More comments on Col. Peter's proposal for a new Middle East map.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not clear to me what has happened to Bahrein. It has a fairly large Shia minority, more or less ghettoised on the island where the airport is located (I don't recall the name of the island). And what about Gaza?
Why is Israel designated as having lost territory; the West Bank has never been recognised as Israeli by the international community.

8:35 AM  
Blogger James Bow said...

This is exactly what the West did in 1919, and look at the mess that has resulted.

I guess we never learn, do we?

3:05 PM  
Blogger Jae said...

Oh yes, an American redrawing other countries borders. That'll solve all the problems.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what would happen if every Islamic group currently fighting gets what they are fighting for. It could end up being peaceful, or worse. So, it isnt any different from now.

I like the idea of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina belonging to seperate country, something like Vatican City. Sharia law could be applied here instead of the whole of Saudi Arabia at present. If sharia is lifted from rest of the country, Sauds wont have to go to neighbouring countries for their special "R&R".

For the first poster, Bahrain's shia population exceeds that of sunnis, but the royal family is sunni. If, god forbid, monarchy is toppled and shias take control, Bahrain would easily go under Iran's rule. I am currently in Bahrain, and the shias dont miss any opportunities to take a swipe at the government.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Rubbish, It's entirely foolish to think a western power would draw lines with consideration of ethnicity.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After what happened at Versailles, I think the whole thing is a bad idea.

2:15 PM  

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