18 January 2010


You may watch the first part of The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia here. The programme is interesting in itself, particularly with regard to the parallels it draws between Lawrence's experiences in the Great War and the modern-day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The programme is presented by Rory Stewart, polymath, walker across the Middle East, Harvard professor, former soldier and former diplomat, a man who is about to become the Tory MP for Penrith and the Border. It's almost enough to make me vote Conservative.

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