GREAT BRITAIN: Expediency

After leading the whirlwind Arab camelry to victory over the Turks in the World War, the late Lieut. Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence refused decorations and money, reputedly as a protest against Britain's weaseling on territorial promises made to buy the Arabs for the Allies. This tragic-hero role lost some of its poignancy last week with the publication of a chapter previously omitted, on the advice of George Bernard Shaw, from Lawrence's confessional, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. This chapter reveals that the Colonel knew all along that the Arabs would be double-crossed.

Colonel Lawrence confessed: "It was evident that if we...