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WHO "INVENTED" IRAQ AND THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST?
Arutz Sheva ^ | March 12, 2003 | Ruth Matar

Posted on 03/14/2003 3:53:22 PM PST by SJackson

WHO "INVENTED" IRAQ AND THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST?

I am not going to keep you in suspense! There was an article in yesterday's Jerusalem Post, March 11, 2003--reprinted from the Wall Street Journal--entitled, My Grandfather Invented Iraq. The author of this article is Winston S. Churchill, grandson of Winston Churchill. This grandson, a former British member of Parliament, informs us with seemingly great pride: "Meanwhile, I have a confession to make: It was my grandfather, Winston Churchill, who "invented" Iraq and laid the foundation for much of the modern Middle East. In 1921, as British colonial secretary, Churchill was responsible for creating Jordan and Iraq and for placing the Hashemite rulers, Abdullah and Feisal, on their respective thrones in Amman and Baghdad. Furthermore, he delineated for the first time the political boundaries of Biblical Palestine."

There you have it: the G-d of our Bible initially delineated the boundaries of the Holy Land, and the British Colonial Secretary, Winston Churchill, with one stroke of his pen changed the edicts of the Almighty.

In the words of Winston Churchill's grandson, his grandfather "for the first time delineated the political boundaries of Biblical Palestine."

A short review of history is in order at this point.

Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., i.e. 2,000 years BEFORE the rise of Islam, and long before there was any Arab nation. Israel has been the homeland of the Jewish people since biblical times. It was subsequently "occupied" more than 15 times. Among its occupiers were the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the Ottoman Turks. The longest occupiers of the Holy Land who ruled on and off for 400 years--between 1517 and 1917--were the Ottoman Turks. They were followed by the British who ruled under a Mandate of the League of Nations (later the U.N.) to renew a homeland for the Jewish People.

Britain violated its Mandate of the League of Nations, and the Mandate of its own Balfour Declaration by carving out 70% of what was supposed to be the Jewish homeland and giving it to Abdullah, one of the Hashemite tribal rulers, thereby "inventing" Jordan, which was at first called Transjordan. Note the name "Transjordan", which means "across the Jordan". Even in their generosity, the British did not give Abdullah the biblical Judea and Samaria. Churchill also "invented" Iraq and placed a rival Hashemite tribal chief on a throne in Baghdad.

Thus, most of the Arab countries came into being in the aftermath of the First World War and the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire. In every case, Britain and France, the two European colonial powers that had inherited the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire, played the central role in shaping the new states.

These new states were almost invariably shaped as instruments for protecting and/ or furthering some specific strategic interest of the colonial powers concerned.

Iraq, for example, was created around the oil fields of Mosul and Kirkuk. The Egyptian state's task was to help protect the Suez Canal. Lebanon was carved out as a state to safeguard the interests of the Christians of the Orient under French protection. (The French failed miserably.) Transjordan was to be a British military outpost.

The new states were built around an army created by the colonial power largely for policing purposes. With the event of the decolonization movement, the newly created army-based Arab states lost their original function. In order not to lose their power, the Arab military elites decided on a series of coups d'etat. Armies that had been created as instruments of colonial domination, redefined themselves as standard-bearers of Arab nationalism. The excuse they found for their intervention in politics was the Arab defeat at the hands of the newly created Israeli State in 1948. The Arab military promised that once they were in power themselves, they would restore the lost Arab honor.

The series of coups, begun in Syria in 1948, continued with the seizure of power by the army in Egypt (1952), Iraq (1958), Yemen (1960), the Sudan (1962), and Libya (1969). Even newly independent Algeria soon fell under military rule (1965).

In most cases, the military overthrew a traditional type of regime, often in the form of a monarchy backed by tribal structures.

The army's direct assumption of power led to a gradual militarization of Arab politics in which force was regarded as the main source of legitimacy.

The military rulers did what they knew best: wage war. They began by fighting civil society with the aim of destroying within it all potential sources of alternative authority and legitimacy.

They disarmed as many of the tribes as they could, and executed, imprisoned, exiled and bought most of their leaders. Operations that amounted to what we now know as "ethnic cleansing" were conducted against Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt and Jews and Persians in Iraq.

(At one point almost a fifth of Baghdad's population had been Jews. By 1968, however, only a handful had remained, all others having fled to Iran, emigrated to Israel, or been led to their deaths by successive military rulers. In 1972-73 Saddam Hussein conducted the biggest "ethnic cleansing" operation in Iraq's history by expelling over 600,000 Iraqis to Iran on the grounds that they might have had Persian ancestry.)

In some cases, such as the series of anti-Kurd campaigns in Iraq between 1932 and 1988, operations launched by the state reached the level of genocide.

The great danger to the world today is that these Arab Islamic states have spawned a virulent hatred of the Free World and against the Judeo-Christian civilization as a whole.

Playing midwife to all these warring Arab tribes and inventing and creating states for them has been a colossal British mistake. Britain certainly did not consider the long-term consequences of their actions. All of us are now endangered by the hatred of radical Islam directed against the Western world.

President George W. Bush has shown great courage and determination in declaring that Saddam Hussein of Iraq must be disarmed, whether the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Russia, China and the Arab world agree or not. "All the criticism abroad is not worth the loss of even one American life at home. When it comes to our security, we really don't need anybody's permission." (Ariel Sharon, heed this advice!)

We keep hearing that the United States President George W. Bush "owes" the British leader Tony Blair for joining in the battle against Saddam. On the contrary, Tony Blair "owes" President Bush for trying to clear up the mess which Britain, as a colonial power, created in the Middle East

The real danger is that the whole world, including unfortunately George W. Bush, now seems united as to how to neutralize the Arab terror and to keep it away from their own shores. Their goal, after the war with Iraq, is to appease the Arab world by inventing and creating yet another dysfunctional Arab state.

Here we go again: This time the plan is to carve out even more land promised to the Jews for their homeland.

Joining us in this discussion tonight are Evelyn Gordon, veteran journalist and commentator, and Michael Widlansky, former foreign correspondent for American newspapers and presently lecturer at the Hebrew University.

The time has come for the Arab World to share the huge chunk of the Ottoman Empire they received in the early 20th century--about 1,250,000 square miles--with their Arab-Palestinian brothers and sisters. The time has come for the Arab World to invest their resources in democracy and freedom instead of financing an international "kill-the-infidel" culture. On this there must be no compromise or appeasement. The Arab world has enough land and oil. What the Arab World lacks is the will to live in peace with themselves, in general and non-Muslims in particular.

The Arab World will never relinquish their quest to destroy Israel, even at the cost of impoverishing their people and inculcating them with hatred towards Israel and the United States, and destroying the hopes of a generation of their own children. If a side-by-side, two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli/ Arab-"Palestinian" conflict comes to fruition, it will be short lived and a disaster for all.

(A recording of this entire program, including the interviews, is available on http://www.israelnationalnews.com Click on Radio/On Demand Audio)


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: iraqhistory

1 posted on 03/14/2003 3:53:22 PM PST by SJackson
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
2 posted on 03/14/2003 3:53:44 PM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson
WHO "INVENTED" IRAQ AND THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST?
Britain.
WHO "FIXED" IRAQ AND THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST?
America
3 posted on 03/14/2003 3:57:44 PM PST by Spruce
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To: Spruce
Who invented the Middle East - League of Nations - Great Peace by the International treaty - One I am proud of my forefather never voted for approval
4 posted on 03/14/2003 4:05:00 PM PST by scooby321
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To: scooby321
Here's the results of a search on Google for "french military victories.

Google Search: french military victories ... Your search - french military victories - did not match any documents. Suggestions: - Make sure all words are spelled correctly. - Try different keywords. ... www.internetcetera.com/fmv.html - 11k - Cached - Similar pages

Try BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

5 posted on 03/14/2003 4:09:51 PM PST by vger
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To: sphinx; Toirdhealbheach Beucail; curmudgeonII; roderick; Notforprophet; river rat; csvset; ...
If you want on or off the Western Civilization Military History ping list, let me know.
6 posted on 03/14/2003 4:10:22 PM PST by Sparta (I like RINO hunting)
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To: SJackson
They left out the little fact that Iraq had a pro-Axis government for a brief time.
7 posted on 03/14/2003 4:11:38 PM PST by Sparta (I like RINO hunting)
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To: Spruce
Pardon me, but was that a sarcastic post?
8 posted on 03/14/2003 4:17:24 PM PST by Radix (I am naive, I cannot tell!)
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To: SJackson
It seems to me a certainty that the fatalistic teachings of Mohammed and the utter degradation of the Arab women are the outstanding causes for the arrested development of the Arab. He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have been developing
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It took me a long time to realize just how much a student of medieval history could gain from observing the Arab
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A bunch from Ike's staff tried to put me on the spot for not disarming the French in Africa. I assumed the offensive, showing them that to disarm the French or to discredit them meant an Arab War which would demobilize sixty thousand American soldiers as a starter. All of them agreed with me at last.



G.S.Patton
9 posted on 03/14/2003 4:18:06 PM PST by Spruce
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To: Radix
Pardon me, but was that a sarcastic post?
No. Not at all.
10 posted on 03/14/2003 4:21:59 PM PST by Spruce
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To: Spruce
Insightful quote. I hope you don't mind if I borrow it on occasion.
11 posted on 03/14/2003 4:22:05 PM PST by SJackson
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To: Spruce
It just struck me a bit funny.

Well, I think that the USA is certainly about to fix Iraq!

It is about time too!
12 posted on 03/14/2003 4:34:53 PM PST by Radix (I just want to get it over with, not just for my boy, but for everyone. It is time!)
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To: SJackson
Hasbro

or maybe Parker Bro.'s

13 posted on 03/14/2003 4:43:51 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: SJackson
Sykes-Picot Agreement, 1916.
14 posted on 03/14/2003 4:45:52 PM PST by dyed_in_the_wool (What's the frequency, Kenneth?)
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To: SJackson
Good synopsis of the root cause of Arab dictatorships. Good post.
15 posted on 03/14/2003 4:47:42 PM PST by Mat_Helm
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To: Radix
Buckle-up my friend! We are witnessing the beginning of the American assault on Arabia. A quick study of history will show the magnitude of our current campaign. I believe the time is ripe.
16 posted on 03/14/2003 4:48:08 PM PST by Spruce
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To: First_Salute
Hasbro

or maybe Parker Bro.'s


...batteries not included
17 posted on 03/14/2003 4:51:24 PM PST by GirlShortstop
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To: Spruce
OK! We seem to be in accord.

Nice to meet you friend!

BTW, I cannot find the article that is referred to in the initial post here.

Arutz Sheva ^ | March 12, 2003 | Ruth Matar


That one!

I want to share it with my E-mail list.
18 posted on 03/14/2003 4:54:19 PM PST by Radix (Do you have it, and more desired, a direct hyper link??)
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To: Radix
The War on Terror has forced the US to embark on campaigns all of Western culture has been postponing. The sh*t is hitting the fan. May God bless General Tommy Franks and the troopers he commands.
19 posted on 03/14/2003 5:10:24 PM PST by Spruce
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To: SJackson
There you have it: the G-d of our Bible initially delineated the boundaries of the Holy Land

Until this is proven, and it won't be, there will be strife in the Middle East while those who believe it's already been proven wait for armageddon.

I don't know why anyone even tries...

20 posted on 03/14/2003 5:17:46 PM PST by The Lake City Gar
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To: Radix
It's a transcript of a radio show, available in print to their EMail list, but you can cut and paste the article above.

The interview is found on Arutz Sheva and is longer than the text.

At the top, click Radio, on demand, or Click here.

Go to (or click) Ruth's Women in Green Hour for March 12.

21 posted on 03/14/2003 5:26:05 PM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson; Jeremiah Jr; 2sheep; happygrl; chance33_98; babylonian; xJones; BearWash; Simcha7; ...
Playing midwife to all these warring Arab tribes and inventing and creating states for them has been a colossal British mistake.

Beastly. A sphinx prostrating toward Mecca.

Church ill was responsible for creating Jordan and Iraq and for placing the Hashemite rulers, Abdullah and Feisal, on their respective thrones in Amman and Baghdad. And...

The longest occupiers of the Holy Land who ruled on and off for 400 years--between 1517 and 1917--were the Ottoman Turks.

Psalm 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

22 posted on 03/14/2003 5:34:30 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: SJackson
The extremists do not look forward to building a better tomorrow for their children, but instead impassion them into spilling their blood to correct events hundreds of years in the past. Therein lies our problem...
23 posted on 03/14/2003 6:08:57 PM PST by Tamzee ("Sabotage".... a French word....)
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To: SJackson
WHO "INVENTED" IRAQ AND THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST?

Where did you get the bizarre idea that the Middle East is in any way "modern"?

24 posted on 03/14/2003 6:22:52 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Dick Gephardt. Before he dicks you.)
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To: vger

http://www.internetcetera.com/fmv.html

Did you mean: french military defeats  




No standard web pages containing all your search terms were found. 

Your search - french military victories - did not match any documents. 

Suggestions: 

- Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
- Try different keywords.
- Try more general keywords.
- Try fewer keywords.
Not kidding.
25 posted on 03/14/2003 6:43:49 PM PST by God is good (:))
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To: The Lake City Gar
It has been proven and is true, you just choose not to believe it.
26 posted on 03/14/2003 6:47:02 PM PST by God is good
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To: The Lake City Gar
We try because the spirit compels us. We are witness to the first frontal assault on the moors since the middle ages. A little spiritual help would be appreciated. With all due respect.
27 posted on 03/14/2003 6:54:08 PM PST by Spruce
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To: SJackson
"WHO "INVENTED" IRAQ AND THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST?"

Al Gore?

28 posted on 03/14/2003 7:33:36 PM PST by sweetliberty ("To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: God is good
It has been proven and is true, you just choose not to believe it.

No...

If it was proven, it wouldn't be called "faith" anymore.

But I'm sure you believe it...Because you choose too. ie: "Faith".

Other people of other faiths believe other stuff.

And unfortunately, the rest of us are caught in the cross-fire.

29 posted on 03/14/2003 8:28:29 PM PST by The Lake City Gar
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To: SJackson
The time has come for the Arab World to share the huge chunk of the Ottoman Empire they received in the early 20th century--about 1,250,000 square miles--with their Arab-Palestinian brothers and sisters.
Riiight that gonna happen alright.

The time has come for the Arab World to invest their resources in democracy and freedom instead of financing an international "kill-the-infidel" culture.
For what it's worth there have been stirring in the Islamic world since 9-11 asking the question "what's wrong with us?" 9-11 has (imo) just as much of a wakeup call to the Islamic world as it was to America.

30 posted on 03/14/2003 9:38:03 PM PST by Valin (Age and deceit beat youth and skill)
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To: SJackson
The great danger to the world today is that these Arab Islamic states have spawned a virulent hatred of the Free World and against the Judeo-Christian civilization as a whole.

      Actually, I think it was spawned by a semi-illiterate follower of the moon god from Yemen who was kicked out of Mecca in 632 A.D.
31 posted on 03/14/2003 11:02:30 PM PST by Celtman
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To: vger
I got 61,400 hits on "french military victories."

I haven't checked, but they might all be in reference to the same victory.

32 posted on 03/14/2003 11:19:06 PM PST by capitan_refugio
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To: SJackson
Recommended reading:

A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922 by David Fromkin.

33 posted on 03/15/2003 1:05:12 AM PST by happygrl
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To: SJackson
Great read. Thanks.
34 posted on 03/15/2003 10:14:46 AM PST by Goldsters
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To: happygrl
If you have some time to kill, click the links in 21. The interviews following the text above are interesting, unfortunately not in text.
35 posted on 03/15/2003 1:30:58 PM PST by SJackson
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To: happygrl; SJackson
Judges 18:30
And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.

Genesis 49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, A viper by the path, That bites the *horse's heels So that its rider shall fall backward.

Judges 5:17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.

Leviticus 24:11
And the Israelite woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD and cursed; and so they brought him to Moses. (His mother's name was Shelomith the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.)...

Lot's more...

36 posted on 03/15/2003 7:02:37 PM PST by Jeremiah Jr
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To: The Lake City Gar
Just because you have doubt about something and need faith to see it does not mean it does not exist or has not been proven.
37 posted on 03/17/2003 9:52:15 PM PST by God is good
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To: God is good
Ahh...But that's where you are wrong.

You can't have "Faith" in something once it is proven. It's that simple. Faith simply is not needed in the face of proven facts. They stand alone.
38 posted on 03/18/2003 9:57:25 AM PST by The Lake City Gar
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