Scott Anderson penned Lawrence of Arabia, and in May 2016 NPR interviewed him about Sikes-Picot, a post World War I agreement that, as NPR puts it, was “a secret pact signed among allied nations that shaped the geography of the Middle East.”
Voices in the corridors of power
Candles burning hour by hour
Still you know that to the victors go the spoils
Such a great responsibility to make it fair
And there must be some reparations now
And don’t forget the oil
. . .