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Europe has always created problems

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Submitted by Seth Krieg (United States), Aug 21, 2002 at 13:57

I'm not anti-European, I just hate the typical European arrogance that resurfaces once in a while.

It was British and French colonialism that have led to the current tensions in the Middle-East in the first place. Unbenknownst to the Arab League, Britian and France divied up the fertile crescent with their "sphere's of influence", France got Lebanon and Syria, and England got Palestine and Jordan. After WWI, it was a given there needed to be a Jewish and Palestinian state, instead of acting on it, England decided to sit on the Holy Land for 20 years and then WWII broke out, giving them excuse to keep it even longer. England has always coveted the Holy Land, they have always felt it was divine providence that the Anglos keep everything of spiritual (and through that, economic) significance. It was THAT occupation that radicalized the Moslems in Palestine in the first place, it was THAT occupation that drove Hajj Amin to turn to Hitler. Hitler was just as anti-British as he was anti-Jew. And if siding with Hitler meant tearing down Bevingrad, well, then by all means.

Post WWII, Britian was so "concerned" about the "soviet communist refugees" invading Palestine and turning it into a Soviet Bloc country, they sat on it for another 5 years until they were so bloodied by the Stern Gang AND the Palestinians, they had no choice but to pull out. This "concern" has always been the UK's veiled form of anti-Semitism, and always will be. Anti-Semitism permeates UK culture. From T.E. Lawrence's heroic Arabs to Shakespeare's evil "Shylock", all the way back to the massacre of York, the UK has been the modern vanguard of anti-Semitism.

If England had acted sooner and continued the peaceful measures the Ottomans had in place, we wouldn't be where we are today. Just ask Ireland and India.
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