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Arab-Israeli 2/9 09/02/2011 14:44:00 Portents of Conflict The First World War August 4 th , 1914:  The Mid-Eastern front Britain vs. Turkey Sykes-Picot Agreement (May 1916) Was not made public Everything hinges upon the goodwill of the main powers o In the A and B zones where the powers have influence, but not direct  control As opposed to the Blue and Red zones o Under direct control of France and Britain, respectively All important areas/issues are under the big powers’ control o The powers are coordinating colonialism Only the powers can admit weapons into the country The Russians made public the Sykes-Picot document o The league of nations did not like this agreement o Russians used the information to make a power play o Causing this document to be a majour issue in Versailles o The U.S. did not even join the war at the time the Sykes-Picot  agreement was drafted, thus did not have a say Isolationism kept the U.S. out of the war until the foolish  Germans started poking the bear. Although once they joined the war they could have had a claim  to the area, Wilson’s 14 points removed the U.S. from play Realism trumped idealism – the reaction of the world to  Wilson’s 14 points soured the U.S. to the other powers 
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