The Divine Hand of the Europeans

Adam Turner serves as staff counsel to the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET). He is a former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he focused on national security law.


The Biblical Book of Joshua begins:

And it was after the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, that the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, “Moses my servant has died and now arise and cross the River Jordan. You and all this nation go to the land which I give the Children of Israel. Every place on which the soles of your feet will tread I have given to you, as I have spoken to Moses. No man shall stand up …

“Not so,” say diplomats in the United States and the rest of the Western world.

These leaders have their own, alternate supreme authority, which delineates not just the borders of Israel, but also that of every other nation within the Middle East.  They consider their authority to be an entity far more powerful than the Lord – the European colonial powers, especially the United Kingdom and France.

Just look at today’s map in the Middle East, and you can see what I mean.

Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, etc. all still exist within the borders that the European colonial powers drew for them.  These borders had nothing to do with their history.  They had nothing to do with their ethnic homogeneity.  They had nothing to do with their religious homogeneity.  They had nothing to do with their linguistics.  And today, the mix of peoples within each state is sometimes even more divided than when the borders were first drawn, as the different peoples within them often have different natural growth rates, or emigration rates, which have altered the balance of power in a major way. Simply put, these borders no longer make sense, if they ever did.

But don’t you ever think about touching those borders.  That is not to be allowed.

When the United States ousted the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, and occupied that country, our officials were careful to maintain a unified state out of the hodgepodge of nationalities and religions created by the British-French pen.  The Iraqi population is roughly 30 plus million divide as follows as follows – about 18 million Shia Arabs, 5 million Sunni Arabs, 5 million Sunni Kurds, who are a different ethnic group than Arabs, with the remainder largely Christian Arabs (those who haven’t fled yet).  Generally, the three main peoples live in different areas of the nation, with the Kurds in the North, the Sunni Arabs in the West, and the Shia Arabs predominating elsewhere.  Historically these three groups have been in opposition to one another.  But, even during the height of the Iraqi post-war insurrection, when Shia Arabs and Sunni Arabs and Kurds were all at each other’s throats, almost no American of any significance considered the logical option of dividing the country into three sections. Perhaps the world felt that since Europe colonialists had already spoken on the matter, the Iraqis would just have to learn to live together.

Also, consider Syria and Lebanon.  France originally drew their boundaries.  Both were drawn to maximize French interests, especially in Lebanon, where the French were interested in producing a majority Christian nation.  Today, the conflicts originating out of these lines have led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people.

In Syria, there are 23 million inhabitants.  16 million are Sunni Arabs.  Over 3 million are non-Sunni Arabs, mostly Alawites, but also including some Druze. Both the Alawites and the Druze live primarily in the Western, more mountainous areas.  There are about 2 million Kurds residing in the northeastern corner.  And there were more than 2 million Christian Arabs, prior to the rebellion.  Currently, much of the country is in flames, as Sunni Arabs – led by jihadists – seek to violently overthrow the Iranian-backed Alawite dictator Assad.  Over 70,000 people have died during this civil war.  Yet, among all the various peace plans that have been proposed by the international elites, precious few advocate the seemingly obvious idea of splitting Syria into its different constituent parts, so as to better protect minorities.  (The Christians may not be concentrated enough to create a separate state, although it is possible that they might be more safe in an Alawite or Kurdish state.)

In Lebanon, there are around 1.2 million Sunni Arabs, more than 1.2 million Shia Arabs, 1.4 million Christians (whom are further subdivided) and 200,000 Druze.  Because Lebanon is so heterogynous, it has had over twenty-five years of civil war, with hundreds of thousands of casualties, and currently is under a fragile “truce” thanks to the ability of the Shia terrorist group Hezbollah to forcibly control the nation.  The Lebanese communities are, once again, mostly segregated.  But, once again, no major international peace plans for Lebanon have ever made the case for a sensible division of the country.

So, now we come back to Israel.

After God had had his way, the British stepped in.  In 1921, the British chopped off 80% of the land to give to their ally, the Hashemite Abdullah, whose family had just lost their prior kingdom in what is now Saudi Arabia.  The monarchy of Jordan – as it became – has been in existence ever since.  Of course, as befits a kingdom arbitrarily drawn up by the British, a majority of the population of Jordan is actually made up of Palestinian Arab emigrants.

After the British tired of keeping peace between the warring Arabs and Jews in the remaining 20% of Palestine, the United Nations – led by the European diplomats – tried to organize that rump into competing areas of Arab and Jewish control.  This led to war, which resulted in the 1948 armistice lines.  Since then, Israel has been forced to fight numerous times against the Arab world.  In each of these struggles, the lines have changed.

But the world – led by the diplomats of Europe – still doesn’t recognize the current borders of Israel.  Neither does the Obama Administration.

Then again, perhaps this isn’t too surprising.  The British never got their final say on Israel’s borders, did they?

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  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    F the UK.

    • Gareth

      British politicians have done an excellent job in that respect, just like Obama is doing to the US.

  • Tan

    Wasn't there a time when the British supported the Arabs during the 1948 War of Independence? And if so, was Winston Churchill behind it?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Wasn't there a time when the British supported the Arabs during the 1948 War of Independence?"

      Officially they were just mediating. They started out wholly supporting Israel but selfish interests crept in as oil bubbled up over the early decades of the 20th century. Some of their politicians forced some ugly decisions.

  • Jeff

    The Jews were sold out for oil and there were not enough people to populate the country. Realpolitik of the day. The realpolitik for Israel to continue is faith, knowledge and a revival of our ancient roots. This can be done by resurrecting the territory markers which are an historic norm in the entire Fertile Crescent/Middle East.
    Israel needs to use this principle to declare its territory and stop inaccurate foreign claims to its land.
    http://www.gateofisraelproject.org

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Leader of the Opposition: In office 26 July 1945 – 26 October 1951
    MonarchGeorge VI
    Prime MinisterClement Attlee

  • Judd Rusnak

    The Brits hate us so much, that none of the monarch family ever visited Israel, while they visited every country on earth.

    That tells us the story of the Anti-Semitic England and Europe.

    Israel should not expect any changes to this policy until the eventual WWIII.
    Maybe then we will have a different composite to the middle east.

    • guest

      Not all of us Brits hate Irael, some of us greatly admire the Jewish nation and the many ways it has blessed the world and the fact that it continues to do so in spite of the world's shameful and false portrayal of of the country.

      • Judd Rusnak

        Thanks for at least being honest, not all but many.

        • guest

          More of us than you'd think stand for Israel.

    • thomas_h

      "The Brits hate us so much, that none of the monarch family ever visited Israel, while they visited every country on earth. "

      "Every country on Earth"? That's way out, mate.
      In fact not even every country in Europe. I can think of at least ten European countries never visited by British monarchs.
      Besides, since when the fact that a monarch doesn't visit a country is an indication of his subject's hate ( of that country's people)? Neither the Danish, Swedish or Norwegian monarchs ever visited Israel – is that because the Danes, Swedes or Norwegians hate Jews? Well, I am sure some do, but I also know of Jews hating Jews.

  • Softly Bob

    I'm a Brit and I support Israel and the Jewish population 100%. Don't forget too that Churchill was very very wary of Islam:

    "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!
    Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia
    in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many
    countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods
    of commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the
    Prophet rule or live. "

    Churchill also said this about Jerusalem:

    “You ought to let the Jews have Jerusalem; it was they who made it famous.”

    I think Britain as a nation is pro-Israel and pro-Jewish. If we are not any more then that's the fault of thirty years of Marxist infiltration and political correctness, the same disease that is affecting France, Canada and the United States.

    • Mary Sue

      whee, Churchill compared islam to Rabies! (hydrophobia is the archaic term for that disease). How apt!

      • Mickey

        Can people now be Hydrophobiaphobes ?

        • Lan Astaslem

          The civilized world could really use a new Churchill.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Winston Churchill was the GREATEST MAN OF THE 20th CENTURY.

    • LindaRivera

      Hi Bob,

      Join and support Britain's new political party, Liberty GB, Britain's last great hope! Tell everyone you know about this fantastic party! http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/

      Paul Weston is the leader of the party. He is of the highest ethics; a very courageous man and a great leader that I absolutely trust! I know that he and his party are going to achieve wonderful things for Britain!

      Paul Weston is a strong supporter of Israel !

      You will find this article very interesting!
      David Cameron Declares War on the EDL http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/index.php/news-liberty

  • Bert

    Why complain over the policies of the nations when it is our own Jewish leaders who always betray Israel and the Jewish cause. Jewish leaders ignore the bible, the Palestine Mandate, Middle East history and common sense. Who is crazy enough to still seek a suicidal "two state solution" but the government of Israel, AIPAC and most U.S. Jews. The bible itself warns against dividing the land lest the Jews suffer dire consequences. Most of my fellow Jews, I am sorry to say, are afflicted with moral rot that seems hereditary. We have been betraying ourselves for centuries.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Stockholm Syndrome.

  • J. K.

    It is not "Christian Arabs" in Iraq and Syria; they are predominately ASSYRIAN Christians, descended from the ancient indigenous inhabitants of the land. To claim that they are Arab is like claiming the Copts to be Arab, or claiming the Spanish to be Berbers.

  • Frank Wilson

    I'm probably giving them too much credit, but perhaps this was by design. The old 'divide and conquer'. Would you really want these people to be united in any way. Let them all have these different countries with all these different groups fighting each other. If those different groups were allowed to form countries based on ethic or religious lines they would just be more powerful, Then they would start fighting each other as larger groups (maybe not a bad idea).
    I just loved the old Iraq-Iran war for what several years them fighting each other (and oh so bravely)
    I always used to say, let them fight, cause as soon as they stop, they'll start fighting with us again.
    Got to love it!
    You Know my solution to Israel's problem is.
    Hey you guys love a desert. well we'll give you Nevada (it's mostly Fed land anyway) Look at the pluses, they'll no longer be surrounded by crazy people, they get their desert. They can even take apart their Jewish ancient relics and rebuild them in the desert (look at the old London bridge)
    What does the U.S. get. Millions of intelligent-educated, productive, loving people, who will turn the desert into a garden. They'll add billions of dollars to our economy and can live peaceful lives.
    It's a win-win situation. Just thinking outside the box

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Far better that the fascist paleswinians make a one-way Hajj to Eurabia.

  • LindaRivera

    Truth is very powerful. That is why elites work unceasingly to prevent the truth from being known. The elites prefer that people BELIEVE a lie. Elites want people to believe that Muslim aggressors are victims, and non-Muslim victims are aggressors:

    http://palwatch.org
    YouTube accuses PMW of "spreading hatred" and threatens to close down PMW's YouTube account

    Last week, Palestinian Media Watch released a video-bulletin showing a Palestinian Authority children's TV broadcast of a hate-poem.
    A young Palestinian girl recited a poem referring to Jews as "Allah's
    enemies, the sons of pigs" who "murdered children," "cut off their
    limbs," "raped the women in the city squares" and "defiled Allah's
    book." The host responded with enthusiastic applause and "Bravo!"

    The following day, YouTube blocked access to PMW's video, defining it as
    a "violation of YouTube's policy prohibiting hate speech."

    In the past, YouTube has closed PMW's account or frozen PMW's account for exposing PA religious leaders promoting genocide of Jews. This is the first time YouTube has defined a broadcast on PA children's TV as hate speech, and blocked PMW from exposing it.

    PMW does not promote hate speech, but exposes it. PMW believes that the
    only way to stop the Palestinian Authority's ongoing Islam-based hate
    speech and terror glorification is to expose it. By preventing PMW from
    exposing PA hatred, YouTube is actively impeding our ability to fight
    the PA's hate promotion.

    YouTube has even threatened PMW with termination of its YouTube account should PMW continue exposing this hate speech:

    "Additional violations may result in the temporary disabling of your ability to post content to
    YouTube and/or the permanent termination of your account." http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8