“The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with honour and dignity. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. Bagdhad communiques are belated, insincere and incomplete. Things have been far worse than we’ve been told, and our administration more bloody than the public knows. Bagdhad is not far from disaster today.”

– TE Lawrence (of Arabia fame) writing in the Times in 1920


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