by Morley Evans
|The Middle East|
This is a link to the slaughter in Iraq during April.
Margaret Griffis has been publishing her column every month for years. She keeps a conscientious record. To those who dismiss these statistics with, “So what? They have been killing each other for centuries.” I say this:
All the people in the Middle East, the Levant and Mesopotamia, lived together, peacefully, for over 700 years under the Ottoman Empire. The Sultan, in Istanbul, who was a Sunni, presided over everything. All flavours of Islam lived together, Sunni, Shia, Druze, Alawites. Jews and Christians lived with them too. They respected and protected each other. That's what civilised people do. They inter-married. Numerous tribes coexisted. Egypt was part of the Ottoman Empire. In the Arabian peninsula, the borders of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf were part of the Ottoman Empire. The sand pile that is Saudi Arabia today was not. The ancient kingdom of Persia was established by Cyrus the Great in the sixth century BCE. Today it is called Iran. While Persia had known oil resources in ancient times, the oil in Saudi Arabia began to be developed in 1950! The Saudis, who had nothing before oil, are like the Beverly Hillbillies, but they are not as funny, or as wise, as Uncle Jed and Granny. Mecca and Medina are in the green strip along the Red Sea.
Trade from China and India to Europe travelled on the Silk Road, through the Black Sea, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, into the Mediterranean and on to Italy and Europe. Istanbul collected tariffs on this lucrative traffic. When Istanbul was called Constantinople, the Christian Emperor did the same. Not incidentally, the home of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (who is first among equals in the Orthodox Catholic Christian Church) is Istanbul. That fact tells everyone how Muslims treat other religions. Constantinople fell to the Ottomans in 1453. At the other end of the Mediterranean, at about the same time (1492), the Spanish Inquisition was implemented to purge non-Christians. It was ended by royal decree in 1834.
While no empire lasts forever, the unmitigated disaster that has befallen the people in the Middle East can be directly traced to World War I and World War II. The British era was not quite as bad as the American era which began with Saudi oil and the rise of American hegemony after WW II. The Zionist project in the State that calls itself “Israel” has always been bad for everyone, notably for the indigenous Jews who were driven out of their ancestral homes throughout the Middle East by Zionist terrorism.
The current bloodbath began with the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001 and with the George W. Bush Presidency. "9/11" was an inside job. It was a false flag attack used to launch the insane neoconservative Project for the New American Century (PNAC). The lunatics are running the asylum. What a century they have planned for us!
What can be done? We can look in the mirror. We can say a prayer.