Monday, October 5, 2015

The truth about the crisis in the Middle East, part I

Many people around the world hate Israel.  They see the Jews as the people who unfairly were given their own land at the expense of the Muslims.  They see them as the people who forced Muslims off their land and now occupy land that belongs to Palestine.  They see the Jews as the reason for lack of peace in the Middle East.  Yet this couldn't be further from the truth.

So lets go back in time to the beginning of the problem. It was not, as most people think, the 1947 U.N. agreement that gave the Jews the land that is now Israel.  My dad once told me that this was the beginning of the problem, but it's not.  This was merely one point in time.  To find the true beginning to the problem we have to go all the way back to 1916.

WWI was going on in full force.  The Central Powers, the bad guys, were Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was a member of the Central Powers.  In 1916, before the end of WWI, this was the last year of a United Islamic State lead by religious leaders.  It was called a Caliphate.

The Ottoman Empire had the ability to shut down key shipping routes, and doing so would cripple the economies of Britain and France.  So they knew they had to do something.  So Great Britain sent over an army officer by the name of T.E. Lawrence to rally the support of other Arabs in the area to fight against the Ottoman Empire.  He promised them everything, including the ability to rule over the new United Arab of Greater Syria that would replace the Ottoman Empire.  At this time Palestine was a part of the Ottoman Empire, and now they would have all of the land.

T.E. Lawrence was successful.  The problem was that, unbenownsed to Lawrence and the Arabs, the rulers of Great Britain had no intention of honoring any of the promises they made to the Arabs.  In fact, they used the Arabs in order to protect their own interests.  Evidence to this is that while T.E. Lawrence and the Arabs were fighting against the armies of the Ottoman Empire, they were negotiating with France about how they were going to divide up the Middle East after the war.  They needed to make sure there was never a United Arab Kingdom that would get in the way of their trade routes.

This agreement was made by Mark Sykes of France and Georges Picot of Great Britain.  The agreement became known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement.  The goal here was to divide the Arabs so that the Arabs would be so concerned about each other that they wouldn't worry about the Trade routes.  This would allow the British to come in and protect the trade routes.  They didn't care about the Arabs.  They didn't care about the Jews.  All they cared about was the trade routes.

This is how the conflict in the Middle East started.  It had nothing to do with WWII and any agreement made after WWII.  It had nothing to do with the Jewish Holocaust.  As part of the Sykes-Picot Agreement new lines were drawn that never existed before, and the Arabs were forced to accept this Western European model of the nation states.

This was the beginning of the conflict in the Middle East.  To be continued...