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Submitted by Robert (United States), Jan 12, 2023 at 13:21

Dear Nir,

I urge you to consider the Ottoman Empire and its collapse as a consequence of World War One (1914-1918). Arabs never experienced much Pan-Arabism, or Arab Nationalism, in part because everyone in their immediate neighborhood was ruled by followers of Muhammad, and by the time the Turks ruled over most of them, everyone was part of the Ummah, the Community of Believer in Allah, with Muhammad as His Prophet.

But as WWI came to a close, they were ruled by British and French Christian conquerors (non-Muslims!), and Jewish Zionist Israel was "planted" right in their mist! That was the shock of modernity which they first slightly experienced when Napoleon Bonaparte arrived in Egypt as Emperor of the French.

So the latest transition out of this "culture shock" is the Abrahamic Accords whereby the Arabs and Sunni Muslims appear willing to accept the reality of Jewish Israel re-constituted as an accepted presence in their midst. That is revolutionary: Jewish sovereignty in former Muslim land. Now, maybe, Spain too will be accepted (haha). But first, ISIS had to be defeated in Iraq and Syria by all, even Iran.


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