Lawrence of Arabia, which was more of a nom de guerre, since his real name was T. E. Lawrence warned Britain to end its occupation of Iraq as it was suffering numerous casualties during a Shi’a uprising in the 1920s. The British did formally end its League Mandate in 1932 but had withdrawn its forces in 1927.
“…[It is] a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour…Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. It is a DISGRACE…We are today not far from a disaster.
We say we are in Mesopotamia (Iraq) to develop it for the benefit of the world…How long will we permit millions of pounds, thousands of Imperial troops and tens of thousands of Arabs to be sacrificed on behalf of colonial administration?”
The Bush administration which reaffirmed its state-terrorist, preemptive war strategic options in the latest version of National Security Strategy, should take note that even though it is working class Americans who are dying for oil, empire and colonialism, perhaps history is repeating itself and the United Kingdom will end its occupation of Basra.
To the British, this is your chance to recover your honour. The tail may wag the dog if you withdraw. It would remove the masque of such disinformation as “coalition forces” and perhaps isolate even further the U.S. It will not withdraw on its own. It is too cowardly and violent. It may require Britain’s withdrawal to pressure it to end this terrorism and mass murder.