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Friday, 27 May 2016

Realpolitik and territorial disputes

Who really owns which piece of land? On what is his claim based? Why are some permitted to declare independence from large countries, and others not? And if there is no consistent legal or moral answer to any of these questions, what lessons should we learn from that?

http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2015/02/a-not-so-brief-history-of-crimea.html

Peter Hitchens' questions

Q.  Who really owns which piece of land?

A.  The person with most claim.

Q.  On what is this claim based?

A.   Possession is nine points of the law.

Q.   Why are some permitted to declare independence from large countries, and others not?

A.   It depends on the mood and the military readiness of the large countries concerned as well as the determination and military readiness of those who wish to become independent.

Q.   And if there is no consistent legal or moral answer to any of these questions, what lessons should we learn from that?"

A.  That there is everything to play for when claim to a piece of land is being disputed, by the parties disputing each other's claim to this land and those seeking to gain something from the disputing parties.

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