posted on Mar, 29 2006 @ 10:03 AM
Originally posted by Qoelet
Y'know what... that totally slipped from my mind!
I guess it doesn't get the mentions these days as the British were there for the sake of the end of the Ottoman Empire in the Great War (unlike the
They invaded and destroyed an autocratic dictatorship that was allied against them and a threat. Similiar to hussein's iraq.
But the important things are that the british were there, in occupation, trying to sort out the mess, promoting the growth of democratic insitutions.
THe war became unpopular at home, fueled by activists and the media, while sectarian violence in iraq, some internal, some run by outside islamist
extremists, made the situation seem more bleak. Eventually popular pressure resulted in the conversatives in government over stating the successes,
hiding the failures, lowering their standards for success, and preparing for a withdrawl, regardless of the situation on the ground, which eventually
did happen. The country fell apart, into chaos, and the british had to return, again, to re-occupy the country, from the beggining. And when they
didn't stay that time, it jeopardized, to a certain degree anyway, their effort against the nazis. Then, after leaving again, they find....50 years
later they are back, and the situation is the same!
So, the lesson is perhaps that, once you break it, you've gotta stay until its fixed.