Monday, September 20, 2010

And So...It Begins !

This is how small tribal squabbles become global wars...!

What starts off as a local struggle is slowly magnified and escalated by the media and politicians and "do-gooders" to the point that states become involved. Then come the countries, the foreign governments, and the power brokers!

Like an untreated cancer, something like this can grow and spread and fester until the whole thing is beyond the control of anyone and the original reason for the conflict is soon over shadowed by outside influences.

Like it or not, water and food are going to be the number one causes for future least, in my opinion! Any control of these resources give an amazing amount of power to those on the managing end! As we have seen time and time again, power and control draws government interest in much the same way that fresh manure draws flies!

Water conflict in Pakistan's tribal region leaves dozens dead

By the CNN Wire Staff
September 19, 2010 10:01 a.m. EDT

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A water dispute in Pakistan's tribal region has led to over two weeks of fighting and dozens of deaths, government officials said Sunday.

The conflict is centered in Kurram Agency, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's restive tribal region which borders Afghanistan.

Sixteen days ago, the Mangal tribe stopped water irrigation on lands used by the Tori tribe, according to Mumtaz Zareen, a senior government official in Kurram Agency.

Zareen told CNN that 116 people have been killed, including 13 on Sunday alone.

Another 165 people have been wounded over the course of the dispute.

Could this be the seed of a much larger set of conflicts to come? When you add in the food shortages in places like Haiti due to natural disasters, and the opportunity for global conflict seems to certainly possible! We can only hope not!

Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit in the kitchen for a bit! Plenty made, so no fighting over it...OK?


Ben in Texas said...

Wonder how many troops and billions of dollars YOUR president it going to send over?
IMHO.. Let them kill each other off, end of problem.

Momlady said...

And that's how it's going to be.

Kelle said...

Same story, different time period/ country. There has been fights over water for hundreds of years(around the world). They that control the water are like gods and they that don't, and they'll will fight for all it's worth, even giving their lives.

This is history in the making and if you learn from history, study up! Water control is coming soon here.

HermitJim said...

Hey Ben...
Seems like we are always fighting someone else's war and trying to do our share of controling their problems!

Not our business! We should just stay away!

Thanks for coming over today, Ben!

Hey Momlady...
Seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same!

Always a fight somewhere over something!

Thanks, lady, for coming by today!

Hey Kelle...
I guess that soon we will send advisers, then observers, then trainers...and so it goes!

Just once, I'd like to see us stay out of conflicts like this!

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

Anonymous said...

In our near future, we will have water rights problems.
We live on a Indian reservation and the tribe has wanted to take ownership of all waters within, and those waters flowing into the reservation. Some tribe members even claim ownership of the clouds that float over the reservation. The "Non-Indians" have fought it, but last week in an executive order, Pres. O took ownership of all waters in the US.
Do you own your water??

HermitJim said...

Hey Andy...
Water rights have always been a sore spot for the government! If they can control the water, then indirectly, they control the food!

Can't garden very well, using only rain water...and the state and city bullies want to control even that by taxing rain water collection!

Bad things are coming down the pike, I'm afraid!

Thanks for coming by today!

Anonymous said...

The tribe was planning on putting a counter on private wells. The issue back down after the Non-Indians said they would shoot any one that goes near our wells.
It was a very heated issue two years ago, but you don't hear about it now.

HermitJim said...

Hey Andy...
Another conflict just waiting to explode, isn't it?

Man just can't seem to learn to get along!

Thanks again for coming by!

darius said...

Where is this Executive Order "andy" mentioned?

Kyddryn said...

It's a wonder, to me...because as far as I can tell, one can no more own water than one can own wind or sky...

So much anger and fear in the world, over things that are transient.

I don't get it.

Shade and Sweetwater,

Mechanic in Illinois said...

I'm sure the money people are waiting in the wings to seize everything after the fights. Follow the money to the real problem. Thanks for another great lesson.

HermitJim said...

Hey Darius...
I haven't seen it, so I do't know what the number is! Drop him an email for the information, I reckon!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey K...
Very good point! Some things are just there to be enjoyed, not owned!

There will always be those that want to control, though. Always has been, always will be!

Hey, glad to know that all is well so far with the new one coming!

Continued good health, my friend! Thanks for coming by today!

Anonymous said...

Here is the web site you can read about the EO of the waterways.

Will have to copy and paste.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mechanic...
Always seems to be some of the big boys lurking in the back ground, doesn't it?

I appreciate the visit this morning!

Hey Andy...
I do appreciate the link, my friend! Thank you!

Bob Mc said...

To water and food, you can add land; whether that land is for hunting rights, agriculture, or just a place to live. Those 3 things have been the basis for all wars since the beginning of time.

HermitJim said...

Hey Bob...
That about sums it up, my friend! That does indeed about sum it up!

Thanks for coming by today!

Marjie said...

You can all have my share of the coffee; I'll bring my own tea, OK? Anything to help avoid the fighting!

Anonymous said...

The basic problem is population.

To many people in the world is causing shortages of land, water and food.

It will get worse unless the world population learns to limit births to replacing their selves and not adding more (actually we are already over populated).

One child per family for a decade would help reduce some of the problems.

I realize this is not going to happen right now but it is something that needs to be talked about.

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