Friday, April 21, 2006

T E Lawrence On Iraq

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor. 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, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. ... We are today not far from a disaster.

-- T.E. Lawrence (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), Sunday Times, August 1920; cited in Dahr Jamail, "The Ongoing War on Truth in Iraq" (, April 19)

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