It could be a good analysis from Robert Fisk, and it contains many interesting insights: irrelevance of borders both ME and European ones, etc. However, Fisk, a long-time resident of Beirut, has gone native: there isn’t a single conspiracy theory he won’t take on board, as long as it blames the west and it absolves his adored Arab-muslim umma of any wrongdoing and evil intention, however trivial. They seem to be congenitally incapable of any evil action, even the most trivial one, they need our guidance down to the smallest detail – a form of unintended racism? And when it comes to Israel, Hamas couldn’t have put it better: no legality, no room, no right to exist.
Early in 2014, Isis released one of its first videos. Largely unseen in Europe, it had neither the slick, cutting-edge professionalism of its later execution tapes nor the haunting “nasheed” music that accompanies most of its propaganda. Instead, a hand-held camera showed a bulldozer pushing down a rampart of sand that had marked the border between Iraq and Syria. As the machine destroyed the dirt revetment, the camera panned down to a handwritten poster lying in the sand. “End of Sykes-Picot”, it said.