June 2, 2008

IT'S WHAT WE DO:

America the breakup artist: US support for partition movements is opening a can of worms. (Juan Gabriel Tokatlian, June 3, 2008, CS Monitor)

Sovereignty and territorial integrity are sacred concepts to every nation. Without them, the basis for international relations crumbles. That's why it's so troubling that the United States is in effect stimulating a partition movement across the globe. [...]

Such policies are a product of America's "freedom agenda." Promoting democracy worldwide often means supporting efforts for greater independence and self-determination. But taken too far, Washington ends up embracing partition – and opening a Pandora's box.


The insight may be accidental, but is nonetheless important (especially in The Lebanon): opposition to partition depends on denying people their freedom.


Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2008 4:02 PM
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The Holy Roman Empire, i.e. the Austro-Hungaria Empire was partitioned, now re-formed into members of the EU.

Partition to get rid of autocrats is a good thing, a very good thing.

Posted by: ic at June 2, 2008 5:13 PM
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