Robert Fisk: The old partition of the Middle East is dead. I dread to think what will follow.
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As the chickens come home to roost, the sordid carve up of the entire Middle East by France and Great Britain in 1917 and onward, is exposed as an Anglo French conspiracy, which betrayed Arabs, Palestinians, Kurds, Shia, Sunni and other peoples of the area and installed pro European families in exchange for political advantage and oil. These families were unwanted by the people of the newly created "countries" and today are provoking protest and bloodshed in city after city throughout the region.
The carve up of 1917, more commonly known as the "Sykes-Picot Agreement", took no consideration of ethnic, tribal, geographical and perhaps most importantly religious differences of the area and drew straight lines in the sand to create artificial borders between the new "states" and which are now being systematically dismantled, to be redrawn in some as yet unknown location and the ruling cliques replaced by some as yet unknown government.
The current crisis, which has in fact been rumbling on for decades past, is entirely the making of the "West" in the form of France and Great Britain and has over the years since the end of the Second World War, been exacerbated by the United States with their interventionist foreign policies in the area, their tired use of the phrase "establish peace and democracy" and their unswerving and unconditional support of Israel who, in American eyes, can do nothing wrong.
The current situation will no doubt continue for some time and may well spread to other areas involving as yet unspecified nations or groups. There are numerous scenarios for the present conflict and its progress, none of which are very pleasant.
When chickens come home to roost, the ramifications are often catastrophic.