They call it the “Lawrence of Arabia Syndrome” after British soldier Thomas Edward Lawrence. “It happens when soldiers representing dominant powers identify with those they have come to liberate or dominate or liberate AND dominate. Sometimes it happens slowly. Sometimes rather dramatically. In a similar reverse form of the syndrome, the Helsinki Syndrome, a prisoner will become a model trustee of the prison that incarcerates him or a kidnap victim will fall in love with their abductors,” said Dr. Robert S. Lugwulzmantz of the London Center for Lawrence Syndrome Research.
|General William H. McRaven shows signs|
of Lawrence Syndrome according to
Dr. Robert S. Lugwulzmantz
|President Lyndon Baines Johnson|
with fully developed
According to Lugwulzmantz, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, developed the syndrome after leaving office. "He grew his hair long and began listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's Four Dead in Ohio and developed a strong attraction to Patoulie oil and incense," said Lugwulzmantz.
Lugwulzmantz maintains that Lawrence syndrome is often free floating, involuntary and irresistible to its victim and often comes as a great surprise to those who know them. So far none of General McRaven’s close associates have shown similar indicators, but it is rumored that a couple of members of the Seal Team 6 have started riding camels around their back yards, while smoking Camel cigarettes” said Lugwulzmantz.