Naval War College Review


Art is still instructive. In a scene from David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, the leader of the Arab Revolt confers with tribal chief­tains and gazes into the great desert known as God's Anvil. Beyond the sands lies the Turkish garrison at Aqaba, their objective, and Lawrence has just decided they will cross the desert and take it. The sheikhs reproach him: for it is written that no man may walk God's Anvil and live, Nonetheless the once and future enigma who will one day write The Seven Pillars of Wisdom looks a, them, sandy-eyed, and replies simply1 "Nothing is written."