Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Welcome to These Long Wars

Ladies and Laddies, welcome to These Long Wars ! A blog on the feuds, fights, rivalries, resistances, battles and wars of the planet`s passive aggressive warriors aka the third world and what is still stuck in it.

Here you will find coverage of these long running fracas` and fights that represent the downtrodden and grudge-ridden of the world, amongst whom I have been blessed to be born: The South Asians of Pakistan! And India! And Afghanistan! And of course Iran, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the rest of the perpetually feuding clan who make up the giant chessboard from the Southern Eurasian Rim up till the heartland of the Russian steppes themselves.

Georgie Orwell`s Nineteen-Eighty-Four, presciently predicted this as a perpetual battlefield in , the "disputed area" which he said lay "between the frontiers of the super-states", it forms "a rough quadrilateral with its corners at Tangier, Brazzaville, Darwin, and Hong Kong".

That`s about the rough geographical area I`m interested, give or take a subcontinent. And lo and behold but what lies at the centre of that region but the confluence of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, or as many would like to call it, the gateway to Central Asia. That little meeting point between these three areas is a little backwater of human civilization called Balochistan. Lovely Balochistan. Expect to hear a lot about that as well.

Low Intensity Conflict has been a fact of this region's life. This humble Blogistani will try his best to give you a rundown on what`s, what in this corner of the globe`s chessboard, because living next to it for at least two decades of my life, if there`s one thing I`m certain about; the answer to all my questions, to those of perpetual war and potential peace, lie some where in this region.

Cheerio !

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