Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Joschka

"Western powers are hardly blameless for the Middle East's woes. Any mention of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, by which Great Britain and France partitioned the post-Ottoman territories, still incites such rage in the Arab world that it seems as if the plan, devised in secret in 1916, had been conceived only yesterday." (Post-caliphate, Saudi Arabia, Iran to provide Middle East flashpoint, Joschka Fisher, The Australian, 25/7/17)

But since Fisher (Germany's foreign minister and vice-chancellor from 1998-2005) nowhere mentions Britain's 1917 Balfour Declaration, which arbitrarily severed Palestine from Ottoman Greater Syria and handed it to the Zionist movement, among those woes, the Arab world presumably has no problem with it.

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