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  •  I literally laughed out loud (10+ / 0-)

    sitting alone in my office.

    •  I know what you mean... (8+ / 0-)

      It was just one of those moments of perfect satire, a seemingly "ridiculous" segment that was actually quite profound: imperial cartography, Orientalism, constructs of nation-states and nationalism et cetera. Brilliant...

      Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

      by angry marmot on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 08:10:31 AM PDT

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      •  "I'm not racist because I don't care enough to (7+ / 0-)

        hate anyone."

        /facepalm

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        —Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 10:11:38 AM PDT

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      •  'Zactly. (3+ / 0-)
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        What my little European History degree-holding ass screams at the news from the Middle East year after year. 'Those damn Brits! Their promises in the region during WWI!' Only Stewart and Oliver did it much better & much funnier.

        Brilliant indeed.

        Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

        by earicicle on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 10:20:31 AM PDT

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        •  Middle East maps (0+ / 0-)

          And right on with what my World History professor (born in the Saar Region of Germany right after WWI) taught us.. and basically what I taught my World History students in the 80's and 90's...  And, my students were smart enough to realize an idiot drew the maps..  The DUH moment, and I loved it!!!  

          •  Colonel T. E. Lawrence (3+ / 0-)
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            AKA Lawrence of Arabia, was the big hero for the Allies because he recruited Arabs to fight the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany and Austria-Hungary.  Ever since the Muslim Empire was taken over by its Turkish mercenaries to form the Ottoman Empire, its ethnic Arab subjects resented being ruled by non-Arabs whom their ancestors had converted to the faith in the first place.

            How did he get so much assistance from various Arab tribes?  Obviously, he "went native" and blended in with the culture (no Earl Grey until the war is over!), but he also promised, believing his government would honor, that a pan-Arab state would be created in the non-Turkish parts of the Middle East, and the mostly Muslim population would get to work out their own politics.

            But when the Treaty of Versailles was negotiated, that territory was divided into a British mandate (read "colony") and a French mandate.  The mandates were carved up into "nation states" just as Jon's guest reported, with puppet rulers appointed by the British and French colonial masters.  And after a few MORE decades of colonialism, interrupted by a little tiff with Germany and Italy, their puppet rulers were given "independence" to oppress everybody in their borders who belonged to different tribes.  And the creation of the state of Israel gave those rulers one more tool to divert their subjects' anger toward the Israelis and the West.  And our actual BEHAVIOR clinched the hatred, one example being the overthrow of Iran's elected government to install the Shah in 1953.

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