Fri May 20, 2016 6:3AM
A hundred years ago, the terms of a secret deal dividing the Middle East between the UK and France were put forward.
A hundred years ago, the terms of a secret deal dividing the Middle East between the UK and France were put forward.
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Comment marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement that literally cut the Middle East as we know it into pieces.

This week a hundred years ago, the terms of a secret deal dividing the Middle East between the UK and France were put forward. A century on, the Sykes-Picot agreement is still the subject of lively debate, with many citing it as a major factor behind today’s instability in the region. The deal, which ultimately triggered a series of other similar agreements relating to the control of the Middle East, loosely led to the creation of a border between modern-day Syria and Iraq.

Today, Israel launches wars on Palestinians, Saudi Arabia is bombing Yemenis and an extremist Takfiri group is continuing the West’s practice by destroying Iraq and now Syria. Daesh is burning Syria’s gas field, Saudi troops join Turkish war games, Turkey is ‘lining pockets’ with smuggled oil, Iraq is having to launch regular operations to free its own towns and cities and Israel is regularly abusing and massacring Palestinians and is destroying their homeland.