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  •  granted again but the seeds were sown by (1+ / 0-)
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    France who created Lebanon in order to create a Christian enclave and would therefore have a colonial foothold in the region even should Arab nationalism take hold.  Don't forget the exploits of "Lawrence of Arabia" had awakened them to both the advantages of Arab nationalism (i.e. kicking out the Ottomans) vs the disadvantages (i.e. Western interests getting kicked out)

    After WWII, GB and France attempted to continue to assert the prerogatives of empire though they were militarily and economically unable to maintain such a stance against a growing worldwide nationalism.  Therefore, the US adopted them sort of as client states and assumed their responsibilities in various arenas.

    When the pie was carved up in 1918, the European Allies never foresaw the day when they would have to rely on the US to maintain the empires they had amassed over the past couple of centuries

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