“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
Iraq.

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