Our friends in Baghdad

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Two articles on Iraqi history:

In 1941, Iraqis again rebelled against their British masters, but were crushed by RAF bombers. After World War II, London put a new king, Faisal II, on the throne. But real power was wielded by Britain’s man in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri as-Said. The U.S. and Britain forced Iraq to join the anti-Soviet Baghdad Pact and sell its oil to the West at give-away prices.”

Toronto Sun

When Churchill appointed Lawrence to clear up the mess the Middle East had become, Lawrence began by offering to make Feisal, the man he had chosen as military leader of the Arab revolt, King of Iraq. The problem was that there were several other candidates.”

The Independant