chapter  XXXIII
The Turk in Baghdad
WithEdmund Candler
Pages 16

Soldiers' military operations have as their object the defeat of the enemy, and the driving of him from these territories. In order to complete this task, he was charged with absolute and supreme control of all regions in which British troops operate; but their armies do not come into other cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators. For two hundred years have the merchants of Baghdad and Great Britain traded together in mutual profit and friendship. Many noble Arabs have perished in the cause of Arab freedom at the hands of those alien rulers, the Turks, who oppressed them. It is the determination of the Government of Great Britain and the Great Powers allied to Great Britain that these noble Arabs shall not have suffered in vain. No one for an instant believed that the manifesto was the conception of a soldier, much less of the Army Commander.