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Submitted by Infidel (Canada), Aug 13, 2006 at 03:33

Mr. Sword, the accuracy of recorded history depends on the author and the motive. Consider this point, if you read the history of WW2 recorded by a German author living anonymously in Brazil, a British author and a Russian author, would you expect the details to be the same? Of course not, in fact you would not recognize that they are records of the same war. If a husband and wife divorced and kept a daily diary, would you expect the records to be the same? Absolutely not! And so it is with Wikipedia, as their records are based on information that was accessible and conveniently available. Shortly after Britain was given the responsibility to control, supervise and record the Jewish immigration into Israel, oil was discovered in the Middle East. This discovery motivated the British to become very sympathetic to the Arabs. Therefore, as Britain monitored and controlled the immigration of Jews to Israel, two different records were kept. One set of records were made available to the public. The other records were intended for the Prime Minister and several Cabinet Ministers and were categorized as Top Secret and filed. The Top Secret British records were not available for 50 years. When these records were released they were not immediately published. Rather they were made available to interested parties who were given access to the documents, which they studied at considerable inconvenience. Those authors who studied the secret records which were released during the 1990's, discovered that there was a considerable difference between the records which were released immediately and those kept secret for 50 years.

Needless to say, one should expect that the records kept secret for 50 years, would be the more accurate records. And having read books by authors who studied the records revealed after 50 years, I find the Wikipedia records as far removed from the truth as one would find the difference between the information revealed by the German author living anonymously in Brazil and a British reporter embedded with the British army. While I have reviewed the Wikipedia records, I find that the authors who spent years studying the secret records released in the 1990's more accurate. Remember, the League of Nations gave Britain the mandate to establish a homeland for the Jews which was to consist of the West Bank, Israel and Jordan. Thanks to the British sympathy for the Arabs, Israel today consists of less than 10% of the land intended for them by the League of Nations.

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