#AceHistoryNews – May.16: Sykes-Picot marked with bitterness and regret by Arab mediaThe signing of the Sykes-Picot agreement 100 years ago is marked with bitterness and regret by Arab columnists and social media users.
The signing of the Sykes-Picot agreement 100 years ago is marked with regret and bitterness by Arab columnists and social media users.
Some commentators believe that the “same type of conspiracy” that led to the deal is still at work today.
The Sykes-Picot agreement secretly carved an area stretching from Persia to the Mediterranean into British and French spheres of influence.
Egypt’s official Al-Ahram newspaper bemoans the anniversary of the “ominous” deal as something which “divided the Arab nation“.
Ayman Al-Hammad comments in the Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadh that the anniversary “reminds Arabs that they were not liable to decide their fate“.
But Twitter user @muhydinlazikani says: “The old hag Sykes-Picot turns 100. The strangest thing in its history is that all who attacked it fiercely defended the borders she drew.”
Twitter user @Rafiknasrallah says: “As we commemorate Sykes-Picot, and after 100 years many of us still think like cattle and will not realise what has happened, and what is not happening.”
And Ibrahim al-Hamdi, writing in the London Saudi-owned daily Al-Hayat, still suspects a conspiracy: “When Briton Mark Sykes and Frenchman Francois-Georges Picot drew their map in Arab sand on the sick body of the Ottoman Empire in 1916, they did not know that 100 years later London and Paris would be begging Washington and Moscow to let them have a role in redrawing borders on their map, and that the sun would shine on two new empires.”
Twitter user @Pencil192 also suspects a conspiracy: “There is a new Sykes-Picot planned for Arabs, using the argument that dividing them along sectarian and national lines will protect them from infighting and conflicts that are in reality staged by the West and Zionists.”
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