View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Monday, July 07, 2003

I'm probably the last Zionist in the world to read Michael Oren's Six Days of War, and thanks to this and other overwhelming obligations, it's taking me longer to read the book than it did to fight the war. I'll try to post a complete review when I'm done, but one observation is in place now. Oren notes the British Ambassador's reaction to the Israeli mood following the war. Unlike the Arabs, there was no celebrating in the streets, just a Cincinnatus-like desire to get back to life, and buoyed spirits. Like the Arabs of today, the intellectuals of the day saw the fatal weaknesses in their societies that the war exposed, and many of them proposed democracy as the answer. And then, as now, the leaders of the Arab world denied any systemic problems, and tried to keep their peoples' animus focused on Israel. Plus ca change...

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