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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Other World Occupied Lands in Dispute

In most international situations of war, the territory is returned. After being attacked in an all out war of 6 days in 1967, Israel gained territories. In this case as with other situations in the world, the land remained under control of Israel. Most often land is not militarily occupied, but since belligerence continued from terrorists, the military had to step in often.

There are other unsolved occupations in the world, but all pressure is on Israel and not the other sites.

1. Tibet. The area is still claimed by the Republic of China. Tibet lies on the west side of China and is between China and India. Their empire was created in the 8th century and fell apart 100 years later. In the 13th century it became a part of a Mongol-ruled Chinese empire. In the 17th century the Manchu-ruled Qing Dynasty incorporated it into China. In 1914 the Dalai Lama (13th) signed a treaty granting Chinese suzerainty "rule" over Inner Tibet and Outer Tibet meaning they had rule over the inner part and left the outer autonomous. In 1945 China's sovereignty over Tibet was not questioned by the United Nations. Tibetans are Buddhists and are a non violent people. There is still discontent over this.

2. Western Sahara. this is disputed between Morocco and the Polisario Front who consider it to be occupied. Morocco has occupied Western Sahara since 1975 in violation of resolutions by the UN Security Council and a decision by the International Court of Justice.
The United States has provided military, economic, and diplomatic support for Morocco’s war effort.
A cease-fire and proposed referendum bring promise for peace in the territory, but U.S. leadership is thought to be needed to insure its implementation.

3.Lower Kuril Islands. Kunashir/Kunashiri, Iturup/Etorofu, Shikotan, Habomai was annexed by the USSR in 1945 which considers the matter non-negotiable. It is a dispute between Japan and Russia over sovereignty over the South Kuril Islands. The disputed islands, which were occupied by Soviet forces during the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation at the end of World War II , are under Russian administration as South Kuril District of the Sakhalin Oblast , but are claimed by Japan, which refers to them as the Northern Territories.

4. Southern Cameroons. Their organization declares that the occupation of southern Cameroons is a military occupation by Cameroon and had infringed on the right of self-determination of the Southern Cameroons by forcibly occupying the territory since 1961 without the backing of any internationally recognized legal instrument.

5. Kashmir and Jammu. Parts are occupied by India and Pakistan calls it "Indian occupied Kashmir. There was occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan in 1947.
The disputed territory of Kashmir shares borders with India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China. Kashmir was partitioned as a result of the Indian Independence Act of 1947. About 65% of the territory is administered by India, the remaining 35% by Pakistan. Jammu Kashmir is the predominately Muslim state within India, which is mainly Hindu.
This conflict, between two of the world's most populous countries, both with nuclear capability has the ominous potential to escalate into theater nuclear war, or beyond.
Tensions between India and Pakistan increased after a series of nuclear tests in mid 1998, as both states sought to demonstrate military power. In May 1999 hostilities flared when India launched military strikes against Kashmiri insurgents.

6. Aksai Chin. This is occupied by China. It is a disputed region located in the northwestern region of the Tibetan Plateau north of the western Kunlun Mountains. It is entirely administered by the People's Republic of China as a part of Hotan County in the Hotan Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. It is, however, claimed by India as a part of its state of Jammu and Kashmir.

7. Macedonia. This had been called Yugoslavia but has gone back to the original name. Southern part has been occupied by Greece since 1913. . It lies north of Greece and between Albania and Bulgaria. See"Treaty of Bucharest".
Eastern part by Bulgaria since 1913
Small part of Western part "Prespa area" by Albania since 1913.
On October 8, 1912, the First Balkan War begun. Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece attacked the European positions of the Ottoman Empire. More than 100,000 Macedonians also took active part and contributed in driving the Turks out of Macedonia. Turkey capitulated soon, but Macedonia did not free itself. The victorious Balkan kingdoms convened in Bucharest in August 1913 to divide the spoils. Their fight with Greece is over the name, Macedonia because there is also a Macedonia in Greece, and Greece feels that Macedonia has plans to take over. "Macedonia will keep on being friendly with all of its neighbors, especially towards Greece," Milososki said.

8. Cyprus. Northern part by Turkey who invaded it in 1974. The Turkish invasion of Cyprus launched on 20 July 1974, was a Turkish military operation in response to a Greek military junta backed coup in Cyprus which had been staged by the Cypriot National Guard whose leaders deposed the Cypriot president and archbishop Makarios III and installed Nikos Sampson in his place. The Turkish invasion took place in two stages and ended in August 1974, when Turkish troops occupied 37% of the island's territory, which was followed by the establishment of the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus that only Turkey recognizes, in contradiction of the terms of the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee. Both the United States and NATO possibly supported the idea of a Turkish military intervention. Intercommunal strife that preceded the invasion had brought Greece and Turkey, two NATO allies, to the brink of total war in a number of occasions between 1963 and 1974; the most serious clash was prevented through the last minute mediation of the U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson on June 5, 1964. The Greeks have blamed the U.S. administration of President Richard Nixon, and in particular Henry Kissinger for supporting Turkey before and during the Turkish military invasion, following a decision by the U.S. National Security Council in May 1974 to put an end to the Cyprus problem. I note that Jews were expulsed from Cyprus in 115 CE.

9. Mexico. Occupied by Spain. IN 1821, AFTER ENDURING 300 years of Spanish occupation, Mexico gained her independence. She desperately needed time to consolidate her population of some 6 million, but the U.S. pushed against her most vulnerable region, the northwest. Stephan Austin was among the first to found a settlement in Texas-San Felipe de Austin-in 1821, the very year Mexico won her independence from Spain:

10. California, New Mexico, Utah and Texas. By USA. In 1846 the United States claimed as its territory the land between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, by virtue of prior claim by the newly-annexed Republic of Texas. By the same token, so too did it maintain that the annexation of Texas gave the U.S. title to what is now the eastern half of present-day New Mexico. ONE HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS AGO, President Polk declared that it was his purpose "to ac-quire for the United States-California, New Mexico and some other of the Northern Provinces." This vision of North America as a "continent allotted by Providence" as the "Manifest Destiny" of the United States was widespread. The Congressional Globe declared, "We must march from ocean to ocean . . . . It is the destiny of the white race; it is the destiny of the Anglo-Saxon race." The American Review contended that Mexicans would be "yielding to a superior population . . . out-living, out-trading, and exterminating [Mexico's] weaker blood."

In these ten cases, the people who are occupied do not continue to fight and harrass their occupiers. as the terrorists have done to Israel. Israel did everything possible to allow the Palestinians living in these places to have a good life, but they chose to be terrorists instead. They continued to be a part of the arsonal against Israel. In all this time since 1967 they have not worked but live off of the donations from the United Nations and receive more from them than any other group in the world. This allows them time to use their talents for bomb-making and terrorizing.

In Israel's case, land retaken was originally in Jewish hands centuries ago. Nothing is "new land." In this time of the rebirth of Israel with the Ingathering of it's peoples, something prophecized thousands of years ago of something happening at the end of times, it is a blessing to have inherited the land lost and now regained as if by a miracle. the Jewish people patiently waited for 2,000 years to regain their country after 2,000 years of inconceivable bloodshed, loss of life and hardships. They became the scapegoat of the world and suffered from anti-semitism so much that they were driven to the decision to return and to make something out of a barren desert that no one wanted . Now that it's blossoming like the people living there, the terrorists want it. Why didn't they do something with it before Jewish people returned? It's because they didn't want it. The land was waiting for its own people to take care of it.

Coveting is one of the commandments that we are told to not do. The Palestinians are coveting our land, a state that was officially created and blessed by the United Nations.
They made that decision but have not lived up to respecting the state and standing up for it when attacked. There was no proviso that they could be a state if they could live long enough. Yet they back the very terrorists who have attacked Israel with rockets, guns, knives, and whatever they can find to use against Jews. There still is no justice for Israel. There is no fairness in the U.N.

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