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Monday, June 30, 2014

The end of Sykes-Picot?

The Sykes–Picot Agreement, officially known as the Asia Minor Agreement, was a secret agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and France,[1] with the assent of Russia, defining their proposed spheres of influence and control in the Middle East should the Triple Entente succeed in defeating the Ottoman Empire during World War I. The negotiation of the treaty occurred between November 1915 and March 1916.[2] The agreement was concluded on 16 May 1916.[3]

The agreement effectively divided the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire outside the Arabian peninsula into areas of future British and French control or influence.[4] The terms were negotiated by the French diplomat François Georges-Picot and British Sir Mark Sykes. The Russian Tsarist government was a minor party to the Sykes–Picot agreement, and when, following the Russian Revolution of October 1917, the Bolsheviks exposed the agreement, 'the British were embarrassed, the Arabs dismayed and the Turks delighted.'[5]

ISIS, the al-Qaeda spin-off that has effectively destroyed Iraq in the last few months, aims to dismantle the Sykes-Picot agreement altogether. That's likely to lead to massive bloodshed in the Middle East, where the only true loyalty is - not even to Islam - tribal.

Here is an English language video from ISIS explaining their goal. Because YouTube has removed ISIS videos before, I downloaded this one.

Let's go to the videotape.

Thanks to US President Hussein Obama, there really isn't anyone to stop them. At least until they meet Israel.

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At 9:33 PM, Blogger Smijj said...

We have a lot to answer for as an empire. I hope America learns from our mistakes.

The only good this is the terrorist are tearing each other apart at the moment. Problem is Israel could be faced with battle hardened fanatics who will target civilians.


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