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In the Middle East, any changes to national boundaries on the map is sure to meet up with unhappiness and anger from someone. Even not changing the map is sure to make someone unhappy (think of those who do not officially recognioze Israel, for instance). The June issue of Armed Forces Journal suggests redrawing the map of the Middle East in order to promote stability and peace in the area since, it argues, the current boundary alignment does not lend itself to such. The proposal may have its merits but there are enough nations and individuals who would be opposed to it to prevent it from occurring. The proposal would also leave the area virtually unrecognizable with only a few states retaining their current boundaries.

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5 Responses to “Redrawing the Middle East Map”

  1. Anonymous Stephen Renico 

    I don't know anything about the author of this article, Ralph Peters, but I wouldn't put a whole lot of faith into his strategies/predictions.

    While Iran does lose some territory, it also shows Iran gaining territory in its eastern region. Any Iranian expansion, even coupled with a loss, isn't desireable to the West, especially the United States. Iran would also have a great deal of influence in the pictured "Arab Shia State", an entity which really doesn't sound very moderate or friendly toward the West. These are things which the US would actually oppose unless, say, a Shah were back in power in Iran and the mullahs were gone.

    There has been talk of a free Kurdistan among political analysts, but it seems unlikely because the Turks would never stand for it. Iraqi Kurdistan is practially independent already.

    I can't imagine why the US would be trying to break up Saudi Arabia, especially to foster an "Islamic Sacred State". Again, like the "Arab Shia State", (not to mention the "Sunni Iraq") it sounds neither moderate or friendly.

    Just how nuclear-armed and 200,000,000 population Pakistan is supposed to break up without Islamic fundamentalists gaining power and a regional catastrophe escapes me. In any event, the existence of a "Free Baluchistan" doesn't seem beneficial at all, nor does the enlarging of Afghanistan at Pakistan's expense seem likely.

    Azerbaijan seems to gain territory while moderate, pro-western Armenia stays the same size- yet another unlikely goal.

    Lebanon is overrun with Hezbollah. Ergo the existence of a "Greater Lebanon" isn't a likely or desireable goal, either.

    Mr. Peters' analysis seems specious at best. I think he's been playing too many computer strategy games on Friday nights with his friends over a few beers.

  2. Anonymous Osman Khan 

    I was hoping this would appear here. I'd seen small versions of the map here and there but could never find a link to the original, legible one. A fascinating proposal, and equally fascinating for such a massive dose of 19th Century style imperialist mindset. I love it. Perhaps Mr. Peters would care to redraw the United States so that there can be ethnically unified regions here, too. It would make Farrakhan and the White Power crowd happy, but what if I don't want to live in a race determined ghetto?

  3. Anonymous Don Butz 

    Mr. Khan:

    Such a "redraw" of the US map was done in the mid-nineties in Spy magazine. It featured a few White Ayran homelands and a Eco-state centered on the coastal Pacific Northwest, among other things. It was quite well done.

  4. Anonymous TK 

    It seems that the "Great Apartheid" of Dr Verwoerd was right all the time. Also Read the artikel on the website: "adapt and die"

  5. Anonymous Sami 

    The new map has actually nill chance of becoming a reality whatsoever, especially that it involves very poweful states like Turkey, Pakistan, Iran and Saudi. However, in some of its parts it could be useful to inspire the borders of new federal states within a large confideration.

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