Paradise Denied: The State Department, the Caribbean, and the Jews of EuropeIssue: Winter 1995-1996
"Keep silence before me, O islands, And let the people renew their strength; Let them come near, then let them speak; Let us come near together for judgment."--Isaiah 41:1
Of all the remarks philosophers have made about history, few are as simple or powerful as Hegel's comment that history is a butcher's block. It is the blood of innocents that flows most freely from that block, their cries muffled by those who shout of high politics and diplomacy. In this new age of refugee crises, we would do well to remember that no government is immune to this special deafness, not even our own.