While most political disagreements are amenable to some sort of resolution through negotiation and bargaining, there is one type of disagreement which is usually not - differing conceptions of national identity and basic state allegiance. In societies that are divided along this highly intractable fault-line, attempts to impose forcibly the preferences of one group on the others in the population, or resolve the issue through popular referenda decided on the majoritarian principle are dangerous, recipes more for civil war than anything else. —
Prof. Sumantra Bose, Kashmir: Sources of Conflict, Dimensions of Peace
(Personally, I see a lot of relevance of this to Israel-Palestine as well.)
Bombing strikes procession of Shia muslims in Pakistan
- 6 people killed when a bomb blast struck a group of Shia muslims in Pakistan today, in a procession commemorating the holiday of Ashura.
- 90 people injured in the blast; the Pakistani Taliban has committed a long line of sectarian attacks on the Shia community, this last week bringing the death toll to more than 30. source