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TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

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

TE Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’) on the mounting disasters of the British invasion and occupation of what was to become Iraq, writing for the London Sunday Times, 22 August 1920.