Yes, I know this is the "Employment Law Bulletin." But you also know that I can't help the occasional political posting whenever I come across something as interesting as the following quote from the last time the West did some serious dabbling in the Middle East:"The people of England have been led into a trap in Mesopotamia from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiques are belated, insincere and incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our Administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. It is a disgrace to our Imperial record and may soon be too inflamed for any ordinary cure. We are today not far from a disaster. Our unfortunate troops, both Indian and British, under hard conditions of climate and supply are policing an immense area, paying dearly every day in lives for the willfully wrong policy of the Civil Administration in Baghdad but the responsibility, in this case, is not on the Army which has acted only upon the request of the civil authorities."
-Colonel T.E. Lawrence, August 22, 1920, Sunday Times (UK)