Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fine Words

Timothy Garton Ash, writting in 1983 about Solidarity's heady days in Poland two years earlier:
It's strange that so many people in the West still somehow half-believe or assume
that Soviet-block leaders use words like 'Democracy', 'Peace', 'Freedom' or
'Partnership' in the same sense as we do.

Solidarity, The Polish Revoluton, p. 210.

Some things never change. No Soviets around aymore, but their intellectual heirs are all over the place. Moreoever, the people who used the terms falsely back then were often vituperative about Zionism. Who'd have thunk.

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