November 15, 2004

Falluja Challenged the British in the Last Century

In 1920, Britain was trying to subdue their Iraqi possession and Falluja was the site of some of the most serious rebellion. In August 1920, T.E. Lawrence wrote to the Sunday Times,

"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. The Baghdad communiqués are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows."

via the BBC

Update: don't miss this insightful InTheseTimes article about the history of Falluja with a more complete version of this quote.

Posted by Mary at November 15, 2004 08:49 PM | International | Technorati links |