Archy Has a Great Day
John was having a very productive day today over at archy
. He has a map
of what the Middle East would have looked like if they had listened to T.E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia].
Colonel Lawrence thought that we ought to divide the old Ottoman Empire up along ethnic lines, rather than lumping different groups together. Of course, the "professionals" back at the European foreign offices had a different set of priorities, and we all know how "well" it has worked out.
There's also a pointer to a jewel of snark from John Aravosis at America Blog
. The last paragraph contains the money quote.