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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 2 weeks, 1 day ago
    You forgot the link or did you have a link?
    Cancels meeting with Germany and goes to Iraq this week and Russia next week.

    The French are worried about Syria...IMO they can get off their cowardly asses and step up to the plate for once in their lives.
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    • Posted by  $  mminnick 2 weeks, 1 day ago
      Unless I'm totally mistaken the Frech created Syria and it screwed up leadership class as a colonial power. Am I remembering correctly?
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      • Posted by freedomforall 2 weeks ago
        Winners of wars have been ruining things since the beginning of time. The creation of Israel was a recipe for disaster. The European powers made a lot of messes with their "empires" and the US hasn't learned much from history.
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      • Posted by Lucky 2 weeks ago
        mn.. is basically correct.
        After WW-I, with the defeat of the Ottoman Empire its large territory was re-assigned. New nations were created out of areas with populations having only tribal loyalties. Kings were appointed by the victorious allies, well mainly Britain and France, from the leaders of tribes that had supported the allies. The result was the same disorder that had existed under the decaying Empire. The Sykes-Picot Agreement was the name for the plan that set the new national boundaries.
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