November 14, 2004

Where are they now?

Consider this sentence by David Aaronovitch: "It is the idea that the Jews of Israel will voluntarily. [my emphasis]give up their statehood - where no-one else in history ever has - that is so bizarre". See the word "voluntary". It's that one word that rescues the sentence from complete absurdity. Of course states (to oversimplify: power structures) don't relinquish power voluntarily; they do it grudgingly. See apartheid South Africa, Rhodesia, North Yemen, South Yemen, The Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and many more. No don't see them; they've gone.

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