A surprising comparative analysis about two unlikely sibling societies…
• Both homelands were created in the aftermath of World War II in response to collective anxieties and trauma, partly real and partly manufactured.
•Both appealed to the United States in the Cold War for aid, arguing that they are strong bulwarks against communism in sensitive regions in the world, the Middle East and Central Asia, and were given weapons, money, and training in return.
• Both states adhere to a strict ideological narrative that is in conflict with geographic and demographic realities. Example: More Muslims live in India than Pakistan.
• Both are garrison states with shifting borders that constantly engage in wars over turf, the only difference being that Pakistan has lost land to Indians while Israel has gained land from Palestinians.
This article was originally published by writer at his blog The Excavator.
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