Meanwhile, the post-Ottoman regional order, as envisioned by the Western powers, has collapsed. Pictured: map of the Ottoman Empire. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Ever since World War I, if there is one region of the world that has been in constant turmoil, it is the Middle East (or West Asia, whichever way you like to call it). European imperialism, post-colonial despotism or neo-colonialism — there are many reasons that can be held responsible for the plight of the Middle East. I discussed the historical factors responsible for the ongoing strife in the Middle East in an earlier article.
A century has passed since the First World War, and while the rest of the world has moved on, the Middle East still continues to be in trouble, with a new issue arising every other day. As painful as it might be, the fact remains that the Middle East still has a long way to go, and the region has, so far, not risen from the ashes of the First World War.
What lies ahead for the Middle Eastern people and countries?