Peter Osborne’s analysis of the border wars in the Middle East
Jun 17, 2014
This is a very good summary of the present Mideast situation. The border problems originate 98 years ago with the Sykes-Picot agreement, when the British and French made plans to partition the old Ottoman Empire after World War 1. They made promises that they had no intention of keeping, and they drew up artificial borders in order to divide up those nations to function under their own hegemony. (I wrote about this in my book, The Struggle for the Birthright.)
These borders are now coming apart at the seams. The latest crisis comes from ISIS (or ISIL) which does not recognize those old borders, but has laid claim to eastern Syria and central Iraq as a single country.
Although they were funded by the Saudis in the past, Peter Osborne says that they have now turned against their benefactors. Now that they are wealthy, they have become independent of the Saudi government and now threaten the Saudi royal family itself. It appears that being Sunni Muslim does not exempt the Saudi royals from being overthrown.
ISIS is apparently trying to establish the old Caliphate to unite all Muslims under the 12th Imam that factors in Islamic prophecy.
He makes the point that the US and Britain had better swallow its Zionist pride and ideology and make peace with Iran soon, and accept the help against terrorism that Iran has been offering for many years; otherwise, this division will empower ISIS and entrench it to the point where it will overthrow all of the other Islamic nations in the region.