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Submitted by SAKOVKT (United States), May 10, 2016 at 06:25

Hindsight is a marvelous thing that allows us to blame villains of the past for all our troubles and concoct even worse solutions for the future.
The creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 was exactly the same sort of thing as Sykes-Picot.

Yet, Neville Chamberlain has become the symbol of "appeasement", never mind that today, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are separate states and for exactly the same reasons.

America's Allies in both the world wars, France and Britain, were the Imperialist Powers who were, some how, "the good guys".
So was Soviet Russia, even though Churchill said in 1918 that one might as well legalize sodomy as recognize the new Bolshevik gov't.
Swapping territory between empires is actually pretty common thing to do. Consider the Romanian Question of Bismarck's Era.
It's just politics, in its true form, as power and action.

The world's disputes are never solved by theory thinking although they create no few of them simply by jumping on political bandwagons.
The truth isn't to blame, but it is to understand, which takes a lot more work than most people have ever been willing to put into it.
Fact is, the Middle East has always been factious and violent.

No coincidence, that's it's most effective gov't has been imperial.
Empires bring peace.
If that's the best one can do, that ain't bad!

The problem is not European "pefidity", but the simple fact that they failed to run their imperial and continental affairs wisely while becoming powerful enough to actually destroy themselves.
If you think the Middle East suffered during European Imperialism, consider that it was also a period of relative peace and progress, certainly compared to today.
Matter of fact, it was the backwardness and factitousness of the Middle East that allowed its conquest.
Isn't that usually the case?
It is actually Europe that is suffering far more from its failed empires than its former subjects.

ANd, it was characters like Julius Evola, a Fascist sympathizer (though never a formal member of the FNP) who predicted that WW2 would be Europe's last, as we know Europe : that it would be over run by the "collective hordes of the East".

Politics is the art of power and it has nothing to do with morality, only with means and objectives.


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