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  •  yep, this mess dates from the breakup (3+ / 0-)
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    of the Ottoman Empire and GB and France claiming the spoils from that break up.  It may take 200 years to sort out the mess Western interests created in the wake of the Armistice.  

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      to pretend that we are not one of the power players in that power play is not an honest assessment.

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 08:35:40 AM PDT

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      •  I left out the US because we came late to the (1+ / 0-)
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        game.  For example, we entered Iranian politics when our CIA overthrew the elected leader because BP was afraid he was nationalizing the Iranian oil industry and assumed that Iran owned its own natural resources.  Another region but ditto for VN after the French got booted out.

        GB and France set the table and we were late to the feast but did partake, to be fair

        •  Before the US did its damage in Iran we practiced (3+ / 0-)
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          on Syria.

          It was the US who destabilized the newly independent (in 1946 after the 26 year long French mandate) Syria by organizing the 1948-9 coups. And the tree of instability the US planted in those years continues to bear bitter fruit.

          Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

          by InAntalya on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 10:15:15 AM PDT

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          •  granted again but the seeds were sown by (1+ / 0-)
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            France who created Lebanon in order to create a Christian enclave and would therefore have a colonial foothold in the region even should Arab nationalism take hold.  Don't forget the exploits of "Lawrence of Arabia" had awakened them to both the advantages of Arab nationalism (i.e. kicking out the Ottomans) vs the disadvantages (i.e. Western interests getting kicked out)

            After WWII, GB and France attempted to continue to assert the prerogatives of empire though they were militarily and economically unable to maintain such a stance against a growing worldwide nationalism.  Therefore, the US adopted them sort of as client states and assumed their responsibilities in various arenas.

            When the pie was carved up in 1918, the European Allies never foresaw the day when they would have to rely on the US to maintain the empires they had amassed over the past couple of centuries

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