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Perspective: Elizabeth Day on Deraa

Excerpt from an article by Elizabeth Day, The Telegraph,
May 14, 2006

“The most controversial incident in the colourful life of Lawrence of Arabia was made up by the celebrated hero, according to new forensic evidence.

The brutal sex attack on Lt. Col. T.E. Lawrence by Turkish soldiers, which allegedly took place while he was serving as the British liaison officer during the Arab revolt, was considered so contentious that it was covered up by the British Army.

But now, a new history of the Arab revolt is to claim that Lawrence invented the attack in order to smear political opponents and fulfil his own sado-masochistic urges.

The supposed rape on November 20, 1917, at the Syrian fortress town at Deraa has been the subject of much speculation over the years. ...”

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