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 wars...at 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?