Friday, November 17, 2006

Imperial history of the Middle East

Take a look at this map of the imperial history of the Middle East and tell me who, based on history, has the best current claim to Palestine.  Whoever it is, it isn’t the group which currently makes all the noise about its historic claims to the area.  The fact that people who might have been your ancestors, or the ancestors of a minority of you, held land for a relatively short period of time, and weren’t even the first empire or the longest lasting, gives you no special claim today.