"What we want is not a united Arabia: but a weak and disunited Arabia split up into little principalities so far as possible under our suzerainty - but incapable of coordinated action against us, forming a buffer against the Powers in the West"
- memorandum from the Foreign Department of the (British) Government of India, c.1914.
This reminds me of when Gadafi in 2008 said at the Arab League that the Arab nations should stop using their intelligence services against each other, and "unite against their common enemy", all the while President Assad of Syria and President Bouteflika of Algeria were smiling on in enthusiastic agreement. Currently, it is the "Arab uprisings" which are weakening, dividing and handing over the remains of the region to imperialism.
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm