North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole has introduced legislation to bestow our highest civilian honor—the Congressional Gold Medal—on British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Dole said Blair has been our staunchest ally in the war with Iraq . True enough, Blair has put his own political future at risk by standing with us, and we should be thankful. But, had it not been for the British, or, more precisely, the British Government, there might have been no need for us to fight two wars in the desert.
Following World War I, the Brits became de facto rulers of all the Middle East when the 600-year-old Ottoman (Turkish) Empire collapsed. The British, being of a practical nature, decided to carve up the vast area into smaller countries so they—the new countries—would be better able to administer government, and would be more manageable—by the British—and perhaps even grateful for the nationhood bestowed on them.