Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Baghdad, 1917

'It was evident that London either was not aware of, or had given no thought to, the population mix of the Mesopotamian provinces. The antipathy between the minority of Moslems who were Sunnis and the majority who were Shi'ites, the rivalries of tribes and clans, the historic and geographic divisions of the provinces, and the commercial predominance of the Jewish community in the city of Baghdad made it difficult to achieve a single unified government that was at the same time representative, effective, and widely supported.'

- David Fromkin on the British capture of Baghdad in 1917, A Peace to End All Peace (New York: Avon, 1989), p. 307

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