Britain in the Middle East

Why is Britain extending itself in the Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now back to Iraq and the Kurds. Each of these interventions represents left-over problems of Empire and most of them are the legacies of the Anglo-French carve up of the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire at Versailles in 1920. In theory the mandate system extended Britain’s imperial reach; in practice the mandates brought it nothing but trouble. The difficulty for Britain is that it cannot rid itself of its imperial mind-set.

A majority of the British people see no reason for Britain to extend its dwindling armed forces in the Middle East and many believe that the Arabs of the region should be left to work out their differences