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Hot spots: border pretexts (December 15, 2008)


                        There are many hot spots around the world where borders delimitations are not negotiated.  The hottest spots are located on the northern borders with India such as China, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh; then you have the Middle East and then Africa. Thousands of frontiers are imaginary lines drawn in deserts (in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere) by the colonial powers of the last century and these colonial powers expect the newly created under-developed States to monitor thousands of imaginary lines. Almost all wars had frontiers as excuses when in fact the causes were basically cultural myths and expansionist policies.  France and Britain are responsible for drawing 40% of world frontiers.  If we add the other European colonial powers of Italy in the 20th century for the borders in Libya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and the colonial powers of Portugal and Spain in the 17th century in Latin America then we realize that Europe was the main culprit for all the current border strife around the world.                        

                        Before I develop further let me propose the following general criteria for the Trade Zones along common borders between States, regardless of how the superpowers view frontiers from a political, economic, cultural, or strategic perspectives for domination.


First, the width of the band to be proportional to the land mass of the States. 

Second, the budget allocated by States to the administration of the zone to be proportional to the GNP of the respective States. 

Third, the number of members in the administrative council to be constituted of equal memberships. 

Fourth, The number of citizens enjoying special status in the zone to be of equal numbers. 

Fifth, the proceeds of the raw materials discovered in the zone to be split equally. 

Sixth, the states proceeds on taxes or other forms of State returns to be divided proportionally to the budget allocated by each State.


                        I have discussed the hot spots in the Middle East in my article “Trade-Zones in the Middle East” and suggested the most plausible areas that would reduce greatly border tensions. Since my previous article on frontiers didn’t generate any readers then it is legitimate that I recopy part of it.  The World is divided by 250,000 kms of frontiers.  Since 1991, more than 26,000 kms of new international frontiers have been instituted; a total of 42,000 kms have been delimited by makeshift barriers, electronic fences and the like. 

  There are oil rich States that invested billions of dollars to set fictive barriers on the sand; for example, Kuwait had spent $30 billion for 217 kms barriers over sand with Iraq.   Saudi Arabia spent over $100 billions on barriers over sand to delimit frontiers with Iraq.  We were all wondering what these oil rich states are doing with their treasures.

                        The stupidest barrier (over 8 meter high and 800 km long) ever erected is built by the State of Israel to separate the Jews from the Palestinians. The Ashkenazi Jews (Jews who immigrated from Central and Eastern Europe) are the ones who came with the idea during Sharon tenure.  For centuries, the Ashkenazi Jews lived in ghettos in Europe and their psychic feels comfortable in a ghetto setting; they don’t care for open horizons or open skies; they need claustrophobic enclosures.   I ask the Sephardic Jews (Jews who emigrated from the Middle East and North African States to the State of Israel) to tear down that wall of shame; I tell them “you are not from the same breed or same culture of the warp minded Ashkenazi”.




March 2023

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