July 28, 2003

The Globalization of Gaza

There are many stateless Muslims; the Chechens in Russia, the Kurds in the Middle East, the Uighurs in Eastern China, and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Opinion leaders tsk-tsk the Russians, but no one holds demonstrations for the liberation of Chechnya. The Kurds are good people and they deserve their own state, but nearly everyone agrees it would only make trouble. Few even know the Uighurs exist. Meanwhile, as the Palestinians continue the jihad, the number of their supporters isn't declining. It's rising. The lesson for extremists is clear: the squeaky wheel gets greased.

There should be states for all these groups. Nation states only have so much utility. The idea should be ~ long term independence for more "peoples" in the world is a good thing. We do not want the reverse if we hope for peace.

Posted by filchyboy at July 28, 2003 04:38 PM | TrackBack

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