Dividing The Middle East

“The global interest in this conflict is not a contemporary phenomenon. The Middle East, as we know it, was created by western imperialism, specifically by Britain and France, which divided the region into protectorates after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in WWI. France took over what would become Syria and Lebanon. Britain took the future Iraq, Jordan, and Israel. Many of those countries gained independence during and after World War II, only to see themselves become pawns of the U.S. or the Soviet Union during the Cold War era. Our involvement in the Middle East is nothing new. But the question remains, are we going to war? ” ~ Melissa Harris-Perry

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