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  1. Geographically and historically there’s a pretty good argument for Hatay belonging to Syria. In antiquity Antioch was obviously considered part of “Syria” geographically. After the Arabs conquered the area in the 630s, it wasn’t until 1516 that Antakya/Hatay was again controlled by the same power (now the Ottomans) that also controlled Anatolia. Still, given the makeup of the population by the 1930s (plurality Turk with a significant Armenian minority), I’m not sure it would have been a stable fit within Syria.

    The French decision to carve Lebanon out of Syria as a separate Christian and Druze state unfortunately created two unstable countries where there might have been one stable one. Syria can’t feed itself and Lebanon can’t defend itself or reconcile its feuding communities. Ah, colonialism.

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