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Chaos is the plan, from the Middle East to Central Asia

Posted by Charles II on October 9, 2007

Four articles, relating to Israel-Palestinian, Turkey-Kurdistan, and internal Pakistani conflict.

Conal Urquhart, The Guardian

The Israeli army has ordered the seizure of Palestinian land surrounding four West Bank villages apparently in order to hugely expand settlements around Jerusalem, it emerged yesterday....

Adam Keller of the Israeli peace group, Gush Shalom, said the confiscation of land belonging to the villages of Abu Dis, Arab al-Sawahra, Nebi Musa and Talhin Alhamar would "rob many villagers of their sole livelihood" but would also "facilitate the big annexation plan known as E-1, which is aimed at linking the settlement of Ma'aleh Adummim with Jerusalem and cutting the West Bank in two."...

The negotiation affairs department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said information released by the Israeli ministry of defence showed that the new route would annex 12% of the West Bank, compared with 9% previously.

Israel denies all of this, saying that the land seizure is to construct a road to improve conditions for the Palestinians.

Chiade O’Shea, The Guardian

Thousands fled Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area yesterday as air force jets pummelled militant positions after four days of clashes left almost 250 dead.

The fighting began after an army convoy was ambushed on Saturday near the town of Mir Ali. Residents of the town, which has a reputation as a Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold, fled the fighting in cars and tractors and on foot....

Caught between the militants and the military, civilians have also suffered considerable losses, Talat Masood, a military analyst and former lieutenant general, said. "The local population has often been supportive of [the militants], even if it is by force, but they are the main sufferers here," he said.

Ian Traynor, The Guardian

The Turkish government yesterday yielded to its opponents in the army command, giving the go-ahead to the military to stage raids into northern Iraq against Kurdish separatist insurgents....

Nozad Hadi, the governor of Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, warned Ankara that any invasion would be costly. "If Turkish troops decide to enter into Iraq's Kurdistan territories, their decision would be wrong and they would sustain heavy casualties and material losses," he told Associated Press television.

Editorial, Dawn

ONCE the hotspot of Pakistan’s tourism, Swat is fast emerging as a stronghold of the Talibanisation that has swept most of the southern districts of the NWFP and some northern districts as well. The war in Waziristan has been the focus of national attention, and rightly so given the implications of the rise of militancy in the tribal areas for the territorial integrity of the country. But the happenings in Swat also have profound relevance for Pakistan’s society. Here the issue is not one of a military confrontation with the army. It is the Islamists’ self-acquired right to impose — even by using force — their own brand of morality on the civilian population. Since the beginning of July, there have been 53 incidents of bomb explosions, including three suicide bombings, claiming a total of 48 lives. That is not all. There has been an assassination attempt on an ANP leader and officials in the administration and their families have come under attack and many of them have now reportedly shifted to Islamabad...

Is Swat heading for a civil war?

3 Responses to “Chaos is the plan, from the Middle East to Central Asia”

  1. Charles,

    It’s good to see you’re keeping an eye on things ‘over there’. If only more in the US would do so – and learn to read between the lines as well as the lines themselves.

    Also, (o/t) many thanks for the kind offer at my place. I’ll be taking you up on it soon.

  2. kelley b. said

    This has been our working hypothesis at Corrente for some time now.

    Spread the word, and realize the tinfoil alone doesn’t protect us anymore.

  3. Charles said

    The phrase goes back to at least 2002, Kelley, in a Guardian article. I first heard it from Robert Fisk in 2005.

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