posted on Feb, 6 2013 @ 01:01 PM
Originally posted by chrome413
reply to post by The0nlytruth
Uhhh. . . You do realize it was Europeans who originally colonized the Middle East and Africa and began raping and pillaging at will just to make a
buck for the crown? Then, as if that weren't enough, they decided to draw artificial boundaries and call them "countries." This arbitrary
throwing together of various religious, ethnic and tribal groups has led to years of civil war and unrest in many of these countries- and even a lot
of genocide. Now the U.S. is stuck cleaning up the mess the Europeans left behind.
Get over yourself.
That's not true at all.
The Middle East was never colonised by Europe, had links in trade and conflict, but was never colonised. You can look to the crusades as an idea of
how close to the Middle East Europeans got, but they never colonised the Middle East in terms of Arabia, Persia and that particular peninsular. You
could say they gained control through economic means, possibly as too with China (although there were some ports under British control), but that is
Slavery in Africa existed before anyone got there, just look up the Ashanti in Ghana. Also, the Middle Easterners were enslaving Africans long before
Europeans got there, they also enslaved many Eastern Europeans as well. Europeans arriving much later would simply buy already enslaved Africans, what
you're spouting is the mainstream version of African slave trade = European colonisation and genocide, evil etc. Yes the Europeans did take on
countries throughout Africa and yes there were aggressive expansion policies in place, but most of the territories were already marked out by leading
tribes in the region, all Europeans did was put those lines to maps. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that what Europeans did fuelled the
unrest that many of the regions have experienced as there was unrest and tribal conflict prior to the lines being drawn.
I will say that none of this helped, but being critical of government actions and how the world was hundreds of years ago is one thing, but holding
it against those countries is just arrogant on our behalf. How many here today would've been as critical back in those times? Times when the local
population of those countries were just as ill treated as the so called enslaved countries themselves. History teaches us that we must learn and move
forward from it, not be so arrogantly condemn with hundreds of years of hindsight as to learn nothing from what actually happened, just point the
finger and continue the cycle.