Monday, January 27, 2014
For five decades, at least, US Middle East policy has been decided in Jerusalem. Almost all American officials dealing with this area are, well, Jewish. The Hebrew-speaking American ambassador in Tel Aviv could easily be the Israeli ambassador in Washington. Sometimes I wonder if in meetings of American and Israeli diplomats, they don't sometimes drop into Yiddish.
Source: Uri Avnery. "Welcome, Chuck". January 12, 2013. Avnery is a former member of the Irgun, a veteran of the Nakba, and three-time former member of the Israeli Knesset.
Source: Ronald W. Reagan. "Project Economic Justice" (a speech presented at the White House). August 3, 1987.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Source: Carl von Clausewitz. Vom Kriege (Dümmlers Verlag, 1832) Book VI, Ch. 5.
Howard-Paret translation: "The aggressor is always peace-loving (as Bonaparte always claimed to be); he would prefer to take over our country unopposed."
Source: Letter of Bishop John England to Daniel O'Connell, esq., Sept. 17, 1825, in The works of the Right Rev. John England, first Bishop of Charleston, Vol. III (Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1849) p. 511.