The Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of 1930

Iraqis have recently been comparing the US-Iraqi “agreement” now under negotiation to the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of 1930. The treaty, imposed by England under circumstances similar to today’s U.S. occupation, was deeply hated in Iraq.

Of course, most Americans have no idea what the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of 1930 is. So I thought it would be useful to post the text of the treaty—which used to be essentially impossible to find online—together with an examination of the many parallels between it and what Bush has been demanding. It’s all over here.

As you’ll see, it appears history actually has direct relevance to the present day. Who knew?