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Turkey facing Ethnic breakup? the last failure of Versailles?

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Submitted by Gene (United States), Mar 16, 2017 at 12:19

It has been100 years since Mssrs. Sykes and Picot drew the map of the modern Middle East-they created countries out of the old Turkish ottoman Empire. Turkey itself was reduced to the Anatolian peninsula and a few outside territories. Later, Kemal Ataturk ended the caliphate in 1922. One by one we witness the breakup of these artificial states-like the late Jugoslavia, they had neither ethnic or economic viability-all that could keep them together would be despotic dictatorships.

Now Turkey itseld is facing an ethnic breakup-the Kurds are betting upon US support for their own nation-and there are other ethnicities that want the same. Erdogan is a failed attempt to turn back the clock-I see the ME as torally different in 10 years-perhaps 12-17 new states. And no one mourns Sykes-Picot.


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Historical analogy [31 words]Ephraim LiorMar 16, 2017 17:36237646
Turkey facing Ethnic breakup? the last failure of Versailles? [130 words]GeneMar 16, 2017 12:19237638
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