The River War - An Account Of The Reconquest Of The Sudan By Winston S. Churchill

 -  South of Khartoum the likeness is again
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South Of Khartoum The Likeness Is Again Perfect, And The Roots Of The Tree Begin To Stretch Deeply Into The Soudan. I Can Imagine No Better Illustration Of The Intimate And Sympathetic Connection Between Egypt And The Southern Provinces.

The water - the life of the Delta - is drawn from the Soudan, and passes along the channel of the Nile, as the sap passes up the stem of the tree, to produce a fine crop of fruit above.

The benefit to Egypt is obvious; but Egypt does not benefit alone. The advantages of the connection are mutual; for if the Soudan is thus naturally and geographically an integral part of Egypt, Egypt is no less essential to the development of the Soudan. Of what use would the roots and the rich soil be, if the stem were severed, by which alone their vital essence may find expression in the upper air?

Here, then, is a plain and honest reason for the River War. To unite territories that could not indefinitely have continued divided; to combine peoples whose future welfare is inseparably intermingled; to collect energies which, concentrated, may promote a common interest; to join together what could not improve apart - these are the objects which, history will pronounce, have justified the enterprise.

The advantage to Great Britain is no less clear to those who believe that our connection with Egypt, as with India, is in itself a source of strength. The grasp of England upon Egypt has been strengthened twofold by the events of the war.

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