In the West, we have a pretty good idea of what countries are. They are areas of land where nations or peoples live, and roughly correspond to states which cover the world map. And all of the world except Antarctica is covered by some state or another, because humans live permanently everywhere except Antarctica. The world map is thus made of countries and states.
The artificial straight lines in the sand we drew when we “granted independence” to these states serve only to perpetuate these civil warsAzeem Ibrahim