Monday, February 25, 2008
Lawrence of Arabia (yes, that one) on British in Iraq
Andrew Sullivan at his blog resurrects quote from T.E. Lawrence following the easy British takeover of Baghdad and the area (the Brits would be stuck there for, oh, 40 years): "The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiques are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told ... It is a disgrace to our imperial record, and may soon be inflamed for any ordinary cure. We are today not far from a disaster," - T.E. Lawrence, Sunday Times (London), August 2, 1920.