THE SHOCKING DOCUMENT THAT SHAPED THE MIDDLE EAST: The secret agreement that shaped the Middle East set the stage for lethal instability.

The Sykes-Picot accord that has shaped and distorted the modern Middle East was signed over 100 years ago, on May 16, 1916. In the deal, Mark Sykes for the British and François Georges-Picot for the French, with the Russians participating too, allocated much of the region, pending the minor detail of their defeating the Central Powers in World War I.

Sykes-Picot (official name: the Asia Minor Agreement) bears recalling because its profound two mistakes are in danger of being repeated: one concerned form and the other substance.

FORM: Negotiated in secret by three European imperial powers, it became the great symbol of European perfidy. Not surprisingly, the Allied Powers secretly carving up the central Middle East without consulting its inhabitants prompted an outraged response (George Antonius, writing in 1938: "a shocking document ... the product of greed at its worst ... a startling piece of double-dealing" ). Sykes-Picot set the stage for the proliferation of a deeply consequential conspiracy-mentality that ever since has afflicted the region.

Sykes-Picot created a miasma of fear about foreign intervention that explains the still widespread preference for discerning supposed hidden causes over overt ones. What in 1916 appeared to be a clever division of territory among allies turned out to set the stage for a century of mistrust, fear, extremism, violence, and instability. Sykes-Picot contributed substantially to making the Middle East the sick region it is today.
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SUBSTANCE: In simple terms, France got Syria and Lebanon, Britain got Palestine and Iraq. But it was operationally not so simple, as borders, administrations, and competing claims needed to be worked out. For example, French forces destroyed the putative kingdom of Syria. Winston Churchill one fine afternoon conjured up the country now known as Jordan. Under pressure from Lebanese Catholics, the French government increased the size of Lebanon at the expense of Syria.

But the largest issue, of course, was the issue of control over the area the Holy Land, or Palestine, a problem complicated by London's having promised roughly this area to both the Arabs (in the McMahon-Hussein correspondence of January 1916) and the Zionists (in the Balfour declaration of November 1917). It appeared that London had not just sold the same territory twice but also double-crossed Arabs and Jews by arranging (in Sykes-Picot) itself to retain control over it.

From the vantage point of a century later, Sykes-Picot has an almost purely malign influence without redeeming qualities. It laid the basis for the future rogue states of Syria and Iraq, the Lebanese civil war, as well as exacerbating the Arab-Israeli conflict.

On its centenary, Sykes-Picot's central achievement, the creation of the Syrian and Iraqi states, appears to be in tatters. In a surprising parallel, each has rapidly devolved from the all-powerful totalitarianisms of Hafez al-Assad and Saddam Hussein into three micro-states. Both have an Iranian-backed, Shi'ite-oriented central government; a Turkish- and Saudi-backed Sunni opposition; and a U.S.- and Russian-backed Kurdish force.

The Islamic State (or ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) proclaimed "the end of Sykes-Picot" when it eliminated border posts along the Syria-Iraq border; nevertheless, many observers, including myself, see the fracturing of these two rogue states into six mini-states on balance as a good thing because the small states are more homogeneous and less powerful than the prior regimes.

SYKES-PICOT has a LESSON for the PRESENT DAY; a SIMPLE and IMPORTANT ONE: foreign powers must not attempt unilaterally to decide the fate of distant regions, and especially not in a clandestine manner. This may sound like outdated or obvious advice but, at a time of failed states and anarchy, the powers again find it tempting to take matters in their own hands, as they did in Libya in 2011, where their intervention failed dismally. Similar efforts could lie ahead in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Beyond those conflicts, Michael Bernstam of the Hoover Institution has argued for a broader redrawing of the region's "antiquated, artificial map."

No. Rather than seek to impose their will on a weak, anarchic region, the powers should hold back and remind locals of their own need to take responsibility. Rather than treat Middle Easterners as perpetual children, outsiders should recognize them as adults and help them succeed. Only in this way, over time, will the volatile, brutal, failed Middle East evolve into something better. Only in this way will it overcome the foul legacy of Sykes-Picot.
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-- by Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum

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I Wear Two Hats

SUMMARY: Ari Bussel has been a more active in submitting posts in the past. He is an honest fellow and a big supporter of Israel. That translates into I usually agree with him. In the case of VP Pence & January 6, not so much. … The focus is the ironic nearly mirror transition of power occurring in Israel. Angry Conservative Israeli Jews are seeing their leader pasted with unproven smears and the exercise of Parliamentary shenanigans by Israel’s Left to depose Prime Minister Netanyahu. … READ ENTIRETY: https://bit.ly/3wgRzV9
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History of PALESTINIAN STATE

Due to the time frame on this Memorial Day, I am posting an excellent line-item reasoning of the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are not a people connected to the Land Promised to the descendants Abraham, Isaac (NOT Ishmael) and Jacob (re-named by God Almighty as Israel BUT not to Esau - Jacob’s twin). I found it on MeWe 5/26/21. READ MORE: https://bit.ly/3fC4ACP
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Polish Pastor faces imprisonment for "insulting Catholic feelings"!
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Too many Americans take our Bill of Rights for granted. We see in the example of a Polish pastor, Pawel Chojecki, that freedom of speech does not exist even in countries which profess that they are no longer communist. Polish Pastor Paweł Chojecki is facing criminal charges by the Polish government for violating the country's speech codes. The criminal trial is ongoing. Another hearing will be held on May 28. It will be the last one before sentencing. Pastor Chojecki faces 5 years in prison.
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Pastor Paweł Chojecki needs as many people as possible to write to the Polish government in support of his cause, telling them that in a free country, freedom of speech is of paramount importance. Can we count on you?
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President of Poland
President: Andrzej Duda
Email: listy@prezydent.pl
Phone: 48226952900
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Ministry of Justice
Minister: Zbigniew Ziobro
kontakt@ms.gov.pl
Phone: 48225212888
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National Prosecutor’s Office
Prosecutor: Łukasz Łapczyński
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Phone: 48539672528
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Lublin District Court
President of the District Court in Lublin: Krzysztof Niezgoda
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Phone: 48814601000
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Ministry of Interior and Administration
Minister: Mariusz Kamiński
kontakt@mswia.gov.pl
Phone: 48222500112
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister: Zbigniew Rau
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Phone: 48225239000
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Polish Embassy in Washington
Ambassador: Piotr Wilczek
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Pro-Israel Rally today soon - Are you in or out

Ari Bussel sent an email highlighting Pro-Israel Rallies that took place across the USA on May 23. The rallies were a valid response pseudo-Palestinian Islamic Terrorist Hamas blasting Jewish civilians with indiscriminate rockets in early May. Which incurred Pro-pseudo-Palestinian violence against Jews in America. This post is late, but people need to be made aware of the rampant Jew-Hatred increasingly aimed violently at people who have a Jewish heritage. In a Land which Leftists divide America with race-baiting, do they seem to think violence against Jews is okay because those of that heritage in America are primarily Caucasian? Or is the American now so Communist in outlook that Jews of any skin color are liable to receive attacks? The rallies are past but the Jew-hatred needs to end: https://bit.ly/3bSWnaN
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Evangelical pastor faces imprisonment in Poland for "insulting Catholic feelings"!
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I am a Polish pastor accused by the prosecutor of allegedly insulting the religious feelings of Catholics by e.g. criticizing Mass. I face up to 5 years in prison. You don't have to support me, but please PASS ON THIS INFORMATION!
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