Bell helped to establish the nation of Iraq and founded the Iraq National Museum; and as conflicting as it was, her mission was in securing a complete autonomy for these nations. She wanted temporary guidance and support from Britain for them. There was reticence about having a woman in conjunction with the military; objections came down from officers about her rank and her presence on the front line.
Her lifelong principle was to seek out and engage with the opposition in order to understand their point of view. She spoke their language and never lied to them. She understood Bedouin rules, etiquette and the pecking order of Arab families. (She also was not above trading government favors, courtesies and small presents to establish cooperation.)
Among her accomplishments: she became fluid in Arabic and many other languages (seven altogether) and their dialects. She returned with 16,000 letters, 16 diaries, seven archaeological field guides, dozens of small leather notebooks, several thousand photographs and enough intel to supply military officers and civil students an introduction to the region. Her work at the Intelligence Bureau was secret and there was much omitted to many people.
After her death, King Faisal of Iraq, who ran a constitutional monarchy that lasted from 1921 until 1958 said, “Death had no fear for her."