Gertrude Bell has taught us a lot about foreign policy. Wait? You’ve never heard of Gertrude Bell?
Surely someone as important as Bell, the British government official and spy, who, after World War I, drew up the borders that now constitute the country of Iraq, should be somewhere on our radar. After all, her pencil marks on a map literally created the country, forcing together fragmented and hostile tribes, that to this day are still just as fragmented and hostile. It’s amazing the mess the West can make.