> Domenico Rosa Posted: Sep 19, 2013 12:49 PM > > >Haim, > > > >What do you think of the following article? > >========== > > > >http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/06/i > raq-syria-lebanon-economic-union > > > >For Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, there is a peaceful > >solution > > Dom, > > I did not intend to start a discussion on Middle > dle East politics, but your question touches on a few > elementary issues that can be addressed fairly > quickly. > > First, it is highly telling that Khanfar speaks of > of the "four peoples that have coexisted in the > region since ancient times---Arabs, Kurds, Turks and > Iranians". What happened the Jews (who still exist), > the Assyrians (who still exist), Copts (who still > exist), Greeks (who certainly still exist but who > were once a major presence from Asia Minor to Egypt > and throughout the Middle East as far as > Afghanistan), Armenians (who still exist), and quite > a few others? [snip]
Khanfar did indeed omit a large number of ethnic groups. It seems to me that Khanfar may have been thinking of the social and economic environment that existed under the Ottoman Empire.