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Dear List, Re-reading Karen Dabrowska's excellent mine of information (2002, Bradt Travel Guides: Iraq) I also revisited Britain's General Stanley Maude, who led the conquering of Baghdad in March 1917 (boy have the US and UK latched on to the importance of anniversaries in the Arab world - and got it wrong.) Maude: 'Oh people of Baghdad, for twenty six generations you have suffered under strange tyrants ..... this policy is abhorrant to Great Britian and the Allies, for there can be neither peace nor prosperity where there is enmity and misgovernment. Therefore I am commanded to invite you, through your nobles, elders and representatives, to participate in the management of your own civil affairs in collaboration with the political representatives of Great Britain who accompany the British Army, so that you may be united with your kinsmen .... in realising the aspiration of your race.' (Patronising so and so.) General Maude, of course succomed to cholera and is buried in Baghdad's North Gate Cemetary. Not, however, before the 'temporay administration' records Dabrowska: 'For its new governors, became a hornets nest.' 'Nationalist sentiments, orignially directed against the Turks (the Ottoman s) were soon directed against the British .... It became clear that the Iraqis would no longer tolerate (an imposed regime) ' And the rest is messy colonial history. We really do never learn. Best, felicity a. ' _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk