Lunes, 1 de enero de 2007

By Anne Applebaum (THE WASHINGTON POST, 01/01/07):

Hitler shot himself before capture, Stalin received a grand state funeral and Pol Pot died while under house arrest. Just last week, the brutal leader of Turkmenistan, Saparmurad Niyazov, died of natural causes. In fact, when the noose tightened around his neck early Saturday morning, Saddam Hussein became one of a surprisingly small number of modern dictators executed by their own people: Benito Mussolini, Nicolai Ceausescu — and now the man who once called himself Iraq’s president for life. Of those three, Hussein is the only one who had anything resembling a trial.

Other than that, there is no reason to view Hussein as an exceptional or unusual heir to the 20th-century totalitarian tradition.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Robert D. Novak (THE WASHINGTON POST, 01/01/07):

Sen. John McCain, leading a blue-ribbon congressional delegation to Baghdad before Christmas, collected evidence that a «surge» of more U.S. troops is needed in Iraq. But not all his colleagues who accompanied him were convinced. What’s more, he will find himself among a dwindling minority inside the Senate Republican caucus when Congress reconvenes this week.

President Bush and McCain, the front-runner for the party’s 2008 presidential nomination, will have trouble finding support from more than 12 of the 49 Republican senators when pressing for a surge of 30,000 troops. «It’s Alice in Wonderland,» Sen.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., who has won Pulitzer Prizes for history and biography, is the author, most recently, of “War and the American Presidency” (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 01/01/07):

MANY signs point to a growing historical consciousness among the American people. I trust that this is so. It is useful to remember that history is to the nation as memory is to the individual. As persons deprived of memory become disoriented and lost, not knowing where they have been and where they are going, so a nation denied a conception of the past will be disabled in dealing with its present and its future.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Pascal Bruckner, the author of “The Temptation of Innocence: Living in the Age of Entitlement.” This article was translated by The Times from the French (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 01/01/07):

IN one of his last books, Romain Gary tells how, as a lover at 59 of a Russian woman of 20, he decided to end the relationship because of the age difference. But, deeply in love, he hesitated. In the cafe where he went to write a letter breaking off the liaison, the server asked him what he wanted. “Je prendrai une décision,” he said, I will have a decision.…  Seguir leyendo »