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Political and economic sickness is endemic to Islam

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), May 10, 2016 at 17:43

Daniel Pipes 2016:

"Sykes-Picot contributed substantially to making the Middle East the sick region it is today."

Tsar Nicholas I 1853:

"We have on our hands a sick man, a very sick man" (referring to the Ottoman Empire)

--Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men: With Historical and Explanatory Notes, p. 426: "The Sick Man of Europe"

It is unfair to Sykes and Picot, to ascribe to them responsibility for the current condition in the states of the former Ottoman Empire (Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, etc.). The current sickness in the region goes back to 1853 and beyond, as the above clearly shows. Political and economic sickness is endemic to Islam.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Clever. But the tsar only meant weak, not suffering from innumerable afflictions - which is my meaning of sick.

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