The issue at stake in a fault line war is very symbolic for at least one of the groups involved. Because the issue is one of fundamental identity, these wars are longer and more difficult to resolve than conventional warfare. And even when agreements are reached, the groups are rarely fully satisfied, and often the hatred is only dissolved through genocide.
A city trembles at ethnic fault line, war's front line: As Afghan Northern Alliance closed in on Mazar-e Sharif yesterday, fears grew of a new ethnic killing spree.(World)
Oct 22, 2001; Byline: Gretchen Peters Special to The Christian Science Monitor KHWAJA BAHAUDDIN, NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN -- As troops from...