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Middle East War Quiz

...And we were casting them by thousands into the fire to the worst of deaths, not to win the war but that the corn and rice and oil of Mesopotamia might be ours. ...

For my work on the Arab front I had determined to accept nothing. The Cabinet raised the Arabs to fight for us by definite promises of self government afterwards. Arabs believe in persons, not in institutions. They saw in me a free agent of the British Government, and demanded from me an endorsement of its written promises. So I had to join the conspiracy, and, for what my word was worth, assured the men of their reward. In our two years' partnership under fire they grew accustomed to believing me and to think my Government, like myself, sincere. In this hope they performed some fine things, but, of course, instead of being proud of what we did together, I was continually and bitterly ashamed.

It was evident from the beginning that if we won the war these promises would be dead paper, and had I been an honest adviser of the Arabs I would have advised then to go home and not risk their lives fighting for such stuff: but I salved myself with the hope that, by leading these Arabs madly in the final victory I would establish them, with arms in their hands, in a position so assured (if not dominant) that expediency would counsel to the Great Powers a fair settlement of their claims.

I risked the fraud, on my conviction that Arab help was necessary to our cheap and speedy victory in the East, and that better we win and break our word than lose.

Without Google, who wrote that? Which book was it removed from before it would be published? And who would say it now?


Seven Pillars of Wisdom?

I would guess 'Lawrence of Arabia' who was Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence CB, DSO (16 August 1888–19 May 1935),

Aircraftman Shaw

Bill beat me to it.

Yes, I should also hazard Lawrence.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E Lawrence. God alone knows who would say that now. Certainly not one of the Zanulab politicians. Their command of English is too poor.

It was T E lawrence, it was probaly 7 pillars of wisom, and today, it could be said for the state of Israel. We posited their right to a nation state, used them as a free and democratic bulwark against tyranny during the cold war, and now we are hanging them out to dry.

The website Lasting Tribute has updated its memorial pages to Acting Corporal Richard Robinson and also to Tom Sawyer and Danny Winter, for people who want to remember their colleagues.


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It's a respectful memorial to those who have given their lives on active service.

How else could it have been anyone other the arabiophile, Lawrence. He conveniently left out the part where the arab world received most of the land of Palestine and Israel received a small fraction.

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