I was looking at the Telegraph’s Olympic special, and I couldn’t help but go through all of the countries to go through their “History in Six Words” section.
Brilliant. Unfortunately, not all countries have these histories, but here are the ones that do:
Ancient. Made famous by Terry Waite.
Saint Augustine,Camus, Zizou; easily-remembered capital.
Pearl farmers find oil – chaos ensues.
Separation with Iran; meeting with money.
Babylon, Saddam, Bush, Blair, imaginary WMDs.
Sold oil, bought arms. Gaddafi out.
Crippling identity crisis softened by couscous.
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing. Oil! World Cup.
Bedouins, Brits, Burjes, Beckhams, bling, boiling.
Pyramids; Mubarak sent down the river.
Middle East peacemaker; not glamour model.