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Mohammed Moved the Mountain But Fox News Redraws the Map of the Region

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | July 30, 2009 | Anderson Patterson

By 1916, the allies had opened up the Arabian Peninsula as a front in the First World War by convincing the Arabian tribes that Britain and France supported their independence from the Ottoman Empire. From deep behind Ottoman lines, the revolt kindled by legendary British officer T.E. Lawrence disrupted Ottoman supply lines and forced the German-allied empire to defend its rear. Little did the Arabs know that in secret, the British and the French had already conspired in secret to redraw the map of the Middle East between them. Known as the Sykes-Picot agreement, the accord laid the terms for apportioning the Ottoman-controlled Mideast into British and French spheres of influence, and until this week, it stood as one of the most seminal events in the history of the region.

But now Fox News has topped it:


Progressives have long suspected Fox News of desiring to redraw the map of the region, but few thought the network would ever succeed.  At least it’s not like the United States ever actually spent six and a half years at war in Iraq, because if so, this kind of mistake would be embarrassing.

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Anderson Patterson | Anderson is a video editor and developer who believes in the power of visual organization. He recently graduated from the University of Washington, where he concentrated on post-production during his studies. He was first exposed to the mystical world of visual art creation while watching his father edit advertisements when he was a child, and he has been working towards his dream of becoming a video editor ever since.

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