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Welcome British Withdrawal from Mesopotania

May 4, 1923
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The announcement by Stanley Baldwin in the House of Commons yesterday that the present arrangement between Great Britain and Irak will terminate upon the admittance of the latter into the League of Nations, or at any rate not later than four years hence appears to be welcomed in most of the London newspapers who have commented on it.

The measure of satisfaction expressed over this decision hinges, however, on the attitude of the different newspapers towards the so-called “bag and baggage” policy. The Times considers the decision of withdrawal as an honorable compromise between promises made to the Arab people and the interests of British economy, and sees in it the down-fall of the “bag and baggage policy.”

The London Express is triumphant over what it considers the success of its policy in urging absolute evacuation of the British from the East. Lord Beaverbrook’s Express, accordingly, concludes that now is the time to quit Palestine.

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