The dramatic escalation in May 1999 of cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan, and fighting between Indian troops and militants who have crossed over from Pakistan, have focused international attention on the security implications of the conflict. But the pattern of systematic human rights violations by all parties in Kashmir has been a critical factor in fueling the conflict that is often overlooked. If those violations had been seriously addressed at any time during the last ten years, the risk of a military confrontation between India and Pakistan might have been reduced.
This report documents human rights abuses in Indian-controlled Kashmir by both Indian security forces and Muslim militants, many of them believed to be Pakistani-trained, who have been fighting for independence. (more…)
“… and fear Allah, so that you may prosper” the Qur’an (2:189)
An estimated 84% of the world’s population attach themselves to one religion or the other. 16% of the world’s population do not. Even some of them may not be Atheists. Just does not like institutionalised religion.
“…The relatively unknown story of how the Jihadis tormented the Mongols and Turks leading to a fierce and vicious counter-attack by the Mongols on Islamdom from 1200 to 1258. An attack that was fiercer than the Crusades and which nearly wiped out Islam.”
Immediately upon reading this, I was wondering what he has to say about their (the Mongol’s) subsequent conversion to Islam, and this absolutely hilarious guy goes on:
We saw that in some cases two close cultures cause no friction, two alien ones do.
The determining factor seems to be
1. whether one culture is becoming a threat to the other one.
2. The other group has to be conservative enough to perceive it as a threat.
Now, in general a culture close enough can more easily become a threat to another. This means that the original opinion holds, as an inference of the above, even though there will be many exceptions when the other two criteria are not fulfilled.