Jan. 26, 2018
Lawrence of Arabia blew up 79 bridges along the Hejaz railway that linked the hub of the Ottoman Empire with its distant Arab territories. The aim of his guerrilla campaign, said TE Lawrence, was to “scientifically shatter” the track and divert Turkish troops during the First World War with endless repair work.
Now, the railway may be rebuilt in an ambitious and perhaps quixotic attempt to bring about a regional peace. It is too early to say who has “won” the Syrian war — it is not so much in its end phase as in its late-middle — but Iran already believes itself to be one of the victors.