Afghan-Pakistani Bond Steadily Deteriorating: Plan for Border Fence, Mines Seen Deepening Distrust (Pamela Constable, 1/07/07, Washington Post)

A proposal by Pakistan to plant land mines along the border with Afghanistan, aimed at preventing Islamic insurgents from using Pakistan as a sanctuary, has aroused angry protests by Afghan leaders who say the mines would endanger innocent travelers and divide tribal lands whose inhabitants do not recognize the border.

It’s too illiberal an idea for polite company, but such a region, where no sovereign entity holds sway, can not be allowed to endure in the modern world.

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