>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.
Which is to say that he pines for the caliphate, exactly like Osama bin Laden, who considered the fall of the Ottoman Empire the greatest tragedy to befall modern Islam. This is what I suspected all along.
>By the way, the British historian A. J. P. Taylor >expressed the following startling opinion: "If the >treaty of San Stefano had been maintained, both the >Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary might have survived >to the present day." [ http://www.amazon.com/Struggle- >Mastery-Europe-1848-1918-History/dp/0198812701/ Page 253]