Friday, June 11, 2010

Recommended Reading

In today's hyperactive media culture, where pre-packaged talking points stand in for substantive discourse, any discussion of the ongoing Mid-East conflict inevitably lapses into the binary configurations of "my side: right" and "your side: wrong" without even a cursory attempt to encompass the many complex issues that have kept a lasting peace forever at arm's length. In one of the better pieces I've read on the subject, historian Tony Judt cuts through some of the rhetorical barnacles that have accumulated vis-à-vis Israel, Gaza, etc.

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