I was incorrect when I said WW2, was actually WW1 I was talking about. But you are absolutely wrong about the Brits not helping to rewrite the map in regards to Saudi Arabia. The nation didn't even really exist. It was a spilt up of dozens of different tribes all lead by different warlords and it wasn't until after the fall of the Ottoman Empire after the allied victory in WW1 that Saudis Arabia as we know it today came into being. As for you statement about the Mideast being a sleepy backwater. Bull. (*)(*)(*)(*)ing. (*)(*)(*)(*).