9.22.2008

Pakistani-U.S. Border Incident
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Did Pakistan Fire on U.S. Copters?

That's the headline in world news.

In question is the sovereignty of the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) a flashpoint in previous centuries between independent tribesmen, the British raj's Indian government, Imperial Britain, and Imperial Russia (among others).

In the 21st century this is is the frontline between the still-independent tribesmen, the Pakistani government (as successor to the raj's administration following the Pak-India civil war) and U.S. hegemony, which has replaced Imperial Britain. Soviet Russia had a foothold in the region from the 1950's to the 1980's, following the czar's longtime involvement but presently is not directly involved, letting the U.S. play the role of client-state sponsor in Afghanistan via Hamid Karzai. Since Pakistan is a nuclear power, just like India, positive interaction with this state is a priority.

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