Thursday, August 25, 2005

T. E. Lawrence

Remember him? The guy in the movie? The one who lead the Arabs to independence from the Ottoman Empire (Turks) under the guise of British support? (Lawrence of Arabia).

The big swath of desert that all this fighting took place in, back in 1920, was a massive section of land the Brits and Turks fought it out in , where Arabia, Persia and Syria all glommed together.

Today we know it as Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, etc. There are more.

This is what T.E. had to say about his first hand experience with the locals slightly west and north of where our troops are:

"Syria had been a corridor between sea and desert...a prize ring of Greece, of Rome, of Egypt, of Arabia, of Persia, of Mesopotamia. When given a momentary independence by the weakness of neighbors it had fiercely resolved into discordant northern, southern, eastern and western "kingdoms". If Syria was by nature a vassal country it was also by habit a country of tireless agitation and revolt."

Sound familiar? Well, there you have it. Just an opinion, but from someone who knew what he was talking about. if only anyone in this administration would pick up a book.

He also had a theory for the tireless agitation and revolt:

"The master-key of opinion lay in the common language: where also, lay the key of imagination. Moselms whose mother toungue was Arabic looked upon themselves for that reason as a chosen people. Their heritage of the Koran and classical literature held the Arabic-speaking people together. Patriotism, ordinarily of soil or race, was warped to a language."

And now the Iraq constitution is delayed, women's rights are vanishing as America has to cede the council the right to make an Islamic Republic, the Sunnis are threatening to bow out, the Kurds hate the Shiites. When we choose to leave, or are forced out, or have to retreat with our tails through our legs, guess who the American-hating locals will make their oil deals with? Russia/China? Good guess.

This invasion thing was such a well thought out and great plan.


Blogger Colleen said... anyone in this admin reads. doesn't bush still take his little nooner naps and go to bed before 10?

you know, when our guys were in office...they knew what the eff to do with a nooner. :D

ah...lawrence of arabia. peter o'toole. those blue eyes. yum.

5:53 AM, August 25, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Six years ago, Will Ferrell did a Bush bit on SNL, where he said: "And remember, Ah'll be ahn the jahb 24/7.

"That's 24 hours a week...

"Seven months a year."

I thought it was great satire.

Turns out it was merely prophetic.

And there is no country there. Just geographic borders. Trying to impose any sort of western-style governence there is like trying to eat smoke with a fork.


7:39 AM, August 25, 2005  
Blogger Mz. Pig said...

"tireless agitation and revolt"...couldn't have said it better myself.
things that make you go hmmmmm...

8:34 AM, August 25, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

BP: The skit made me laugh out loud. Now I'm weepin'.

9:03 AM, August 25, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

I like when he was giving a 'talk' and made an emphasized point that he "thinks about Iraq everyday, every single day and he's going to continue to do so..." We should all be impressed that the guy who started this war actually thinks about it...everyday? My boy, Jon Stewart gave him a pretty good rip on it.

A national embarrassment.

11:23 AM, August 25, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

It's hard!
It's hard!

Then let someone else do it, George...


3:23 PM, August 25, 2005  

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