Thank you, Stephen Kinzer.
A bit of history for the uninitiated:
"Campbell-Bannerman Report, 1907"
“There are people (the Arabs, Editor’s Note) who control spacious territories teeming with manifest and hidden resources. They dominate the intersections of world routes. Their lands were the cradles of human civilizations and religions. These people have one faith, one language, one history and the same aspirations. No natural barriers can isolate these people from one another … if, per chance, this nation were to be unified into one state, it would then take the fate of the world into its hands and would separate Europe from the rest of the world. Taking these considerations seriously, a foreign body should be planted in the heart of this nation to prevent the convergence of its wings in such a way that it could exhaust its powers in never-ending wars. It could also serve as a springboard for the West to gain its coveted objects.”
From the Campbell-Bannerman Report, 1907
“Imperialist Britain called for forming a higher committee of seven European countries. The report submitted in 1907 to British Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman emphasized that the Arab countries and the Muslim-Arab people living in the Ottoman Empire presented a very real threat to European countries, and it recommended the following actions:
1. To promote disintegration, division, and separation in the region.
2. To establish artificial political entities that would be under the authority of the imperialist countries.
3. To fight any kind of unity—whether intellectual, religious or historical —and taking practical measures to divide the region’s inhabitants.
4. To achieve this, it was proposed that a “buffer state” be established in Palestine, populated by a strong, foreign presence that would be hostile to its neighbours and friendly to European countries and their interests.”
Sources: Multiple. Just "search" for, "Campbell-Bannerman Middle East statement 1907 (before British Parliament)
At the same time that Britain (and France/Italy etc) were catching on to converting their naval fleets from coal to oil they were trying to figure out how they could "secure" those resources. It was vital that Britain "secure" those oil sources so as to facilitate that great conversion...the Grand Fleet.
The US was not even smelling oil in the ME at the time; they had their own oil sources within their borders.
And as they say, careful reading of the above statement, "....the rest is history".
The, "Great Betrayal" of the Arabs by Britain and France during and after WW1.
The Sykes/Picot Treaty
The British Mandate for Palestine.
The establishment of the Zionist terror groups (lots of sources to see there)
The continuing ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestine population.
The "illegal" (in my humble opinion) founding of the state of Zionist Israel.
Thx to Stephen Kinzer for his great source book, "Overthrow", "America's Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq", "All the Shah's Men", "An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror". Also a tout to William Blum's, "Killing Hope", "US Military and CIA Interventions since WW2". There are so many others! Even our own government docs that were so available to the public until the Reagan Admin partially strangled any more of that channel of info to the inquisitive public!
There is much documented history to back up the, "blowback" scenario. It is up to the individuals in the US (or other countries) to educate yourselves/themselves. That education is not going to get to you thru major media or in the "normal" educational channels.
Thank you, Stephen Kinzer for this article; thank you CommonDreams for publishing.