Divide and Conquer Implied in Proposed Map of the New Middle East

Revisiting (and measuring the success) of the decades-old US proposal for stifling Arab unity by “balkanizing” the Middle East.

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By Genevieve Cora Fraser

Al-Jazeerah, November 8, 2006

It was meant to be a joke and it got a big laugh from TV host Tavis Smiley when his guest, political pundit Andy Borowitz quipped, “George Bush plans to withdraw all his troops from Iraq – to Iran. That’s the plan – the exit strategy.”

But no one was laughing, least of all Turkish military officers, on September 15th when a map was presented at the NATO’s Defense College in Rome that included a reduced Turkish landmass. The new Middle East map prepared by retired US Col. Ralph Peters and published in the Armed Forces Journal in June featured a “Free Kurdistan” that included additional territory taken from Syria and Iraq. Indeed, Iraq was a fragment of its former self and had been carved up to also include Sunnis Iraq and the Arab Shia State.

Within the proposed new Middle East…

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