I am reliably informed that the correct pronunciation is not E-Rack (as we say) but erRACK – I just call it Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia became of importance to Britain when The Shell Oil Company discovered Oil in 1908. Iraq was the last piece of territory to join The British Empire (1930) and the first to leave. Mr Churchill was not averse to dropping Gas on the recalcitrant Iraqis. Hitler’s crucial mistake was failing to occupy and thus cutting off our supply of oil. After various client Kings the Ba’athist party- the Sunnis – took over.
At the time of the 2003 invasion I felt compelled to write to the British Prime Minister to protest my opposition (not that invasion was in hindsight the worst thing that Tony BLiar did whilst Prime Minister) and I duly received a reply setting out all the wonderful reason for The British Invasion (ably assisted by out coalition partners – that means you) of Mesopotamia – again – for there are indeed no less than 55,000 British War dead from the period 1914-1918 – almost as many as your Vietnam escapade. Even at the time I could see that the explanation from The Prime Minister’s Office was laughable. I will leave it to historians to make the final judgement.