Efraim Karsh

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Palestine War 1948

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A book to be treasured. It summarizes the conflict in an easy to read language and shatters the myths of the Palestinian (Arab) benevolence. It's a fine shorter version of the longer, and denser, "Oh Jerusalem" account. It does not overwhelm so much in detail but lets you see the picture more fully, from a little more distance. We see the military actions as well as the motivations and personal takes of the sides involved.

Reader-friendly and not sold to political correctness. It shed light for me on issues like the origin of the Palestinian refugee problem. Nothing better to clarify ideas than the very testimony of the Arabs involved. See what Palestinian intellectual Hisham Sharabi had to argue for his leaving the land in December 1947, in the middle of the fight (and leaving for the terrible US!): "There were others to fight on my behalf (...) they were peasants (whose) natural place was here, on this land. As for us -the educated ones- we were on a different plane. We were struggling on the intellectual front." So much for the Arab cause. There are more such jewels to read. Also:

"huge numbers of Palestinians were also driven out of their homes by their own leaders and/or by Arab military forces ... to prevent them from becoming citizens of the nascent Jewish State". Just wonderful. And: "Had the Jewish State lost the war, its territory would not have been handed over to the Palestinians but rather divided among forces, for the simple reason that none of the Arab regimes viewed the Palestinians as a distinct nation." This statement is backed inside. Read it and get the full scope.

 

"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.


Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos

NINOTCHKA,

O EL DISCRETO DESENCANTO CON EL SOCIALISMO 

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Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.

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También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel

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