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Posted in Bangladesh, development, dynasties, economics, history, labour, macro, Muslim world, people, politics by jrahman on October 5, 2012

Seven trashes collected by the senses.

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Seven trashes collected by the senses.

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Comparing Pakistan and Israel

Posted in history by jrahman on May 14, 2008

(Today is the 60th anniversary of the expiration of the British mandate in Palestine, and the creation of the State of Israel.  This post is based on an A-A-A post from July 2007.)

Why is it that so many Muslims seem to support almost any half-baked idea of separation as long as it’s a separate Muslim state and yet these same Muslims give absolutely no ground on Israel?

I have been asked this question a number of times.  There is a degree of validity in the implicit argument.  Pakistan is like Israel in that both countries were created on the basis of religion, partitioning the country that existed before, and causing large population displacements.  These are factual statements.  Turning from facts to opinions, I think Pakistan is like Israel in another way — partition of India and the creation of Israel were two of the worst mistakes made since World War II.  Yes, Pakistan is like Israel.

But is Pakistan really so much like Israel that one can make a case for a Muslim homeland in South Asia but not oppose a Jewish state in Palestine?  I think the answer is, no Pakistan is not that much like Israel.

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