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SOS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-03 09:43 AM
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15. Sadists and gangsters
Edited on Thu Jul-24-03 09:47 AM by SOS
for 35 years? Was the US unaware of this at the time of this photo, taken during the Reagan administration:

What does that say about our intelligence capabilities?

As to "mistakes", the British made very similar errors in the 1920's.
From John Kifner at the NYT:

"Things were not going well for the British in Mesopotamia. Bell was arbitrarily drawing lines on the map to make a new country out of three former Ottoman provinces Mosul in the north, Baghdad in the center and Basra in the south. The districts were composed, respectively, of Kurds, Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims, all of whom hated each other and the British even more.

By 1920, the country was in full rebellion, from Shiite tribesmen in the south to Kurds in the north. There were some 425 deaths on the British side and an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 among the Iraqis."
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