How could we not cover the 100-year anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement that has made the Middle East the beacon of peace and stability that it currently is? Yes, we are joking. There really isn’t a debate about how nonsensical the arbitrary borders imposed by Sykes-Picot are in the region. Unfortunately, that is us joking again because there is (unbelievably) a debate about that. Blaming a piece of paper for modern conflicts or suggesting different borders would have averted many of the conflicts over the past century is not the point – the point is that western meddling and post-colonial king-making hasn’t worked out so well. Condemning Sykes-Picot to be eternally regretted by first year college students and policymakers alike is entirely appropriate.