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History Repeating itself?

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As the insurgency spread, the letters from the British diplomat in Baghdad grew bleaker.

“We are in the thick of violent agitation and we feel anxious… the underlying thought is out with the infidel.”

And then: “The country between Diwaniyah and Samawah is abandoned to disorder. We haven’t troops enough to tackle it at present.”

Later: “There’s no getting out of the conclusion that we have made an immense failure here.”

This insurgency was in 1920, the uprising against the British occupation of what was then still Mesopotamia. The diplomat was Gertrude Bell, an energetic and passionate Arab expert who literally drew Iraq’s borders

“Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators” – Lt Gen Sir Stanley Maude in Baghdad, 1917

Ignore the dates. How about the phrases? Dont they sound like you heard them recently? Full Story at BBC Website


Written by S Ibrahim

Dec 20, 2008 at 7:47 pm

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