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  •  Really? (3+ / 0-)
    Those states have existed historically for hundreds of years or more
    This is true of a few of them- Egypt, Turkey, and Iran (Persia) for instance.  But Saudia Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria as independent states are all inventions of the 20th century (and all, with the partial exception of Lebanon, victims of the post-Sykes-Picot division of the Middle East).  None of those existed as states prior to 1900, an in some cases predate Israel by only a few years, with Jordan and Syria gaining full independence only in 1946.
    •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

      In particular the house of Saud was chosen by the Allies to govern the trackless desert primarily to keep tabs on all of the Aramco oil.

      "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

      by midnight lurker on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:10:52 AM PDT

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