In Afghanistan, Comment on Border Brings Tension – NYTimes.com

Sometimes a line is not just a line.  What a border dispute tells Afghans about US and Pakistan relations:

The “issue of the line,” as he called the border, may be minor to the rest of the world. But it “shows us we have friends who we cannot trust,” said Mr. Barakzai, 43. Everyone listening knew he meant America, and they kept nodding.

The border, of course, is no simple boundary: It is the Durand Line, named for the British colonial official who drew it up to separate Imperial Britain’s Indian possessions from Afghanistan — dividing traditionally Pashtun lands between Afghanistan and what would later become Pakistan. To the world at large today, the line, however contentious, is official.

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3 thoughts on “In Afghanistan, Comment on Border Brings Tension – NYTimes.com

  1. I don’t necessarlily like to say it, but Mr. Barakzai may be correct. However I don’t think that they have to worry about the US for several months. With the uncertainty of how the elections will turn out, I think that policies may change, even if Obama remains in office. But new events that will define the United States’ stand on the issue are bound to happen, we just have to do our part to help our country sustain peace. Just as a side note, I can’t imagine that our country will purposly instigate anything, nomatter the outcome of the election.
    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/obamas-afghanistan-trip-could-escalate-political-criticism/

  2. It’s interesting how the US’s stance on the Afghanistan-Pakistan borders, have not changed, but the recent statement has a lot of Afghanis talking. I wonder whether it’s just the US reiterating their position, or some other factors within the global community that are causing talk. I think that Durand line issue ultimately lies between the two disputing nations. That isn’t to say that the US won’t have interest in the outcome. I think it’s interesting how Afghanistan reprimanded the US slightly because the border is part of their domestic affairs, but they are fearful that the US will side with Pakistan. Again, I think this is an example of diplomacy and the power of words within the global arena.

    A more thorough history of the Durand Line: http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2012/10/24/in-afghan-war-enter-sir-mortimer-durand/

  3. Jackie Clark says:

    I second Kennerley’s approach. I think this article is extremely interesting in how the perspective of America can change overnight. (That may be attributing to the fact that was the agenda of the writer.) Could a simple 30 second speech in a General Assembly meeting change an entire regions perspective? Honestly, I think so. We are so affected by the words we hear, and the ideas that are presented to us. Just food for thought. Words are important.

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