Robin Wright’s New Yorker article about Sykes-Picot asks if the U.S. is fighting for middle eastern borders that will only continue to risk more fighting.
The Sykes-Picot agreement burdened people in middle eastern regions with a map that “ignored local identities and political preferences,” arbitrary borders and untold hardships.
“Yet the premise of American policy (and of every other outside power) today—in stabilizing fractious Iraq, ending Syria’s gruesome civil war, and confronting the Islamic State—is to preserve the borders associated with Sykes-Picot.”
The costs have been almost unimaginable. “Since August, 2014, the United States has invested more than eleven million dollars a day in military operations, including almost nine thousand airstrikes on Iraq and more than five thousand on Syria.”
What’s the right role for outsiders, if any, when people living in middle eastern countries try to change the maps based on Sykes-Picot?