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The Arab world has been one of the most confusing areas known to the western world Because of this confusion the people of the Middle East have been made to suffer not only at the hands of the west but also by their own Even though Arab and western world relations have been stabalizing they are still long way off from achieving a lasting peace The roots of all these problems go back to the settlement imposed on the Middle East in 1918-1922Field 26 Since before the start of World War I there was a great Western presence in the area we know today as the Arab world Britsh and French forces occupied Northern Africa since 1882 British occupied Egypt at the request of Sultan in Constantinople and the region we today call the Mahgreb Morocco Tunisia and Algeria In addition to its presence in Egypt Britain also kept the Gulf states under her protection and held Aden as a colony According to the version of events one hears in the Middle East is that British and French policy at the time was a straightforward betrayal of the ArabsField 28 Because of the Ottoman rule in the Middle East the Europeans began to persuade the Arab leaders to revolt by promising them their independence But what was meant was independence from Turkish rule with the aid supervision andor protection from Britain and France In simple terms the Europeans powers would be the new occupiers of the Middle East The deception came in the form of two documents one important to the Europeans powers and the other to the Jews The Sykes-Picot Agreement of February 1916 was the document that divided the Middle East between Britain and France The agreement stated that Lebanon and Syria would be set aside as areas
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