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That, however, means using the troops as a disciplined body under arms and not as a crowd of loyal subjects, all dressed alike. The troops invariably will be weaker in 56 B R I T I S It R U L E, AND R EB E L L ION numbers t han the crowd. Therefore the :ffi ress so · cIose t h at a sen es of tussles for posses . SIOn of ' , th e soldlers weapons can begin. Were that allowed to happen, the crowd could by f f orce o numbers annex the weapons belonging to the troops. rised the officer to act, and if the crow~ contI~ues to be a menace, there has to be shootmg.

WIth nulitary help to make it effectIve, as It was believed that the till h'd' . gunmen were I mg m the place. s After being in force for a very short time the curfew was taken off. A curl . ' t" . eWIsa res nctIon, Imposed in the main on innocent persons. But, against that, must be set the fact of ~he existence of gunmen with their revenge lists and assassinations and the urgent need ~o :liminate them before they succeed in establishing terrorism. However, the attitude of the British Cabinet with regard to Palestine was equally difficult to understand.

Instead, that was to be done by the Arab leaders who had started and were still controlling the disorders, but the obstacle in their way was their statement that they would not stop the • strike' till all their demands had been met. ' The stoppage of the • strike' then released the starting gate on the Royal Commission. In fact, the Arab kings saved the faces of the Arab leaders, and they in turn saved the faces of the British Cabinet. Thus an armistice was arranged, the Arab rebels retaining and maintaining still their organisation, arms, funds, boycott, and intimidation.

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