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“Perhaps this is where we have sinned, in always refusing to
think of our wars as wars of religion, in the illusion that we
would thus have greater liberty to compromise when it suited us.”

– Italo Calvino

“We rushed into the business with our usual disregard for a
comprehensive political scheme. We treated Mesop[otamia] as if
it were an isolated unit, instead of which it is part of
Arabia…. When people talk of our muddling through it throws me
into a passion. Muddle through! why yes, so we do–wading
through blood and tears that need never have been shed.”

– Gertrude Bell, scholar and diplomat, from a 1916 letter on