The map above is a 2006 proposed plan to redrawn the borders of the Middle East by Ralph Peters, a retired United States Army lieutenant colonel, author, and Fox News commentator. It was original published in the Armed Forces journal in an article titled Blood borders: How a better Middle East would look.
The map would make sweeping changes throughout the region such as:
- Israel: Returns to its pre-1967 borders.
- Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq All lose territory to create a Free Kurdistan.
- Free Kurdistan: New state created for the Kurds.
- Greater Lebanon: a reborn Phoenecia that also gains territory at the expense of Syria.
- Greater Jordan: gains territory at Saudi expense.
- Sunni Iraq: One of three successor states to Iraq, this one would obviously be primarily Sunni.
- Arab Shia State: Another sucssor state to Iraq, would house Iraq’s current Shia population along with gaining territory from Iran.
- Islamic Sacred State: A new state that would act as an Islamic Vatican carved from Saudi Arabia.
- Saudi Arabia: Loses territory to Jordan, Arab Shia State, Yemen and the Islamic Sacred State.
- Yemen: Gains land from Saudi Arabia.
- UAE: Loses territory to Arab Shia State, although Dubai likely to remain an independent playground for the rich.
- Kuwait and Oman would retain their current borders.
- Azerbaijan: Gains territory from Iran.
- Iran: Loses land to Kurdistan, Arab Shia State, Azerbaijan and Free Baluchistan but gains territory from Afghanistan. The goal is to make Iran even more Persian.
- Free Baluchistan: New state for the Baluch people to be carved from Pakistan and Iran.
- Afghanistan: Loses land to Iran in the west but gains land from Pakistan in the east.
- Pakistan: Loses territory to both Free Baluchistan and Afghanistan. It now lies almost entirely east of the Indus.
For a complete explanation why these changes are proposed you should read the original article here.
If you’d like to read more of Ralph Peter’s work have a look at:
- Endless War: Middle-Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization
- Lines of Fire: A Renegade Writes on Strategy, Intelligence, and Security
- Looking for Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World
What do you think of the this proposed plan? Good idea? Awful idea? Leave your comments below: