Iraq, the invention of the West

The founding of Iraq is never a cause for great fuss.

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03 October 2022 Monday 00:30
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Iraq, the invention of the West

The founding of Iraq is never a cause for great fuss. Iraqis were given borders by Great Britain and France in their artificial distribution of the rubble of the Ottoman empire after the First World War. Two diplomats designed the new geography of the Middle East with chalk and sealed it in a secret pact that bears their respective surnames: the Sykes-Picot agreements. In the case of Iraq, three Ottoman vilaats (provinces) were united.

Churchill imposed on the new throne his ally Faisal I, leader of the Arab rebellion against the Turks hand in hand with the mythical T.E. Lawrence, and Britain gave him full independence in October 1932. Pity the small detail of local opposition: few subjects knew Faisal and only Sunnis supported him. We see the consequences today.

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