Saturday, 12 August 2017

Guardian Review letter on Middle East

The excellent review of Jared Rubin`s book, "Rulers, Religion and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not", states that such "economic complexity" is explained with "clarity and concision" (Review, 05/08/17). Strange, then, that there appears to be no mention of the roles played by British and French governments in the area since World War One. Support, overt or otherwise, for autocratic rulers in the region, encouraging their accumulation of obscene wealth, as long as their oil flowed westwards, whilst the people they rule live in poverty, has to be regarded as an important a factor as the removal of "religion out of politics" in the west.

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