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The Natural Map of the Middle East

manzana Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 5:43 PM
Pat- you have a fractured view of history. There were good reasons why these countries were arranged as they were, and you ignore them. As for the middle east, history has proven that when ruled by their foes, they are much more civilized. For instance, Hussein was a Sunni, ruling a Shia majority. He kept them under control. You might scream about his atrocities, but perhaps if we were in control of them we'd commit atrocities to get their attention as well. Some dogs are just born bad. And in Syria, you have a Shia ruling a SUnni majority. He's kept them under wraps for many years. t most they've been able to commit skirmishes they called terrorism.
"Apart from political maps of mankind, there are natural maps of mankind. ... One of the first laws of political stability is to draw your political boundaries along the lines of the natural map of mankind."

So wrote H.G. Wells in "What Is Coming: A Forecast of Things to Come After the War" in the year of Verdun and the Somme Offensive.

In redrawing the map of Europe, however, the statesmen of Versailles ignored Wells and parceled out Austrians, Hungarians, Germans and other nationalities to alien lands to divide, punish and weaken the defeated peoples.

So doing...