In Lee Sandlin’s spectacular essay, “Losing the War,” he explains that in the context of World War II, the “amnesia effect” of time has lead to a bizarre situation; “the next generation starts to wonder whether the whole thing [war] ever actually happened,” (361). All that seems to be remembered is a reverie; a spectacle of valiance and bravery. The older generation —the ones who were there—simply became the collateral damage. The war, in all its infamy, can never be
Edward Said 's memoir, "States", is an interesting take on a man who cannot remember his life in Palestine, a man who has no roots connected to his home country other than the fact that he is Palestinian and how his perspective is based on bias. Contrary, Jane Tompkins ' essay, "Indians", reviews how perspectives can contradict the opinions of others, using her own experiences as examples. Though the two essays concentrate on different topics, they have similarities in their essays. Said focuses on the past with what he knows of Palestine, while Tompkins talks about how she is bombarded by the different perspectives by other researchers, that makes forming her own perspective harder than it was as a child. To begin, Said 's essay has quite an interesting quote that pertains to how he believes the past has been neglected.
Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals is an attempt by Douglas E. Streusland to present the similarities and difference between the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires that stretched across the Middle East. The book focuses on political, military, and economic history rather than on the social, cultural, and intellectual history. Even though Streusland has extensive knowledge and understanding of the Mughal Empire, he still has several observations that make the book a valuable read for anyone studying the history of the Middle East. The book begins with a brief history about the formation of the Islamic culture up until the beginning of the Gunpowder Empires. He does this to show the similarity of a Turko-Persian background
He says, “The Sunflower story brings up the question of whether Simon had the right to forgive Karl in the name of all Jews. The question appears to me as irrelevant. Karl did not ask him to speak in the name of all Jews, or for that matter, for the harm done to all Jews but only for what he had done” (137). Flannery thinks Wiesenthal made the wrong decision, and later on said that if he were in the position that Wiesenthal was in, he would’ve forgiven the Karl. I, however, disagree with Flannery because I don’t think that the war crimes that Nazis have committed are something that can be
Author of, True to Life Why Truth Matters, and Professor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, Michael P. Lynch teaches, “We don’t often care about truth as much as we should: we dissemble, hide behind ambiguity, refrain from speaking up, we turn away, stop asking questions, ignore reasonable objections, fudge the data, and close our minds. Not caring about the truth is a type of cowardice (Lynch, 2004).” In conclusion, it has been pointed out that there are many compelling yet disenchanting realities concerning terrorism of which people today are simply unaware. This paper has explored what terrorism looks like regarding extremism in the Islam religion, child soldiers, Taliban invasions in securing a safe haven, and the global impact
Saddam Hussein did not know how to civilly operate with others around once he rose to great power; so he was forced to use his village mentality where violence is the rule of law, thus leading to his intense and irrational cruelty. Some would like to argue that it was actually his Hussein’s realization that such power existed that corrupted him. They think that he wishes to return Iraq to a historical age of glory. But the real history that is important is that of the beginning of his life. In the essay Bowden recounts an interview with a journalist named Saad al-Bazzaz in which al-Bazzaz discusses the root of all of this evil.
Avrutin notes that up until about fifty years ago, many historians were puzzled by how quickly the pogroms broke out, and how all the pogroms occurred simultaneously. It was a very commonly held idea that the government conspired against the Jews and did not come to their security or condone the pogroms at all. Therefore, it would make sense that people would instantly believe that the Pogroms must have been organized by some greater power like the Russian
Balducci commands Daru to deliver the prisoner to a nearby authorities but Daru has a problem over the decision of whether or not to take the Arab to prison. In the End, Daru leaves the decision to the Arab. The Arab being a flat and seemingly static character, somehow contributes significantly to the existentialistic nature of Daru’s character and his actions. The author, an existentialist, tells the story with an indirect presentation. The central idea appears to be there is an inherent conflict between what different cultures view as morally right.
Trauma in Dawn and Men in the Sun. The theme of trauma is addressed differently b y the authors of Men In The Sun and Dawn , though there have a few similarities , Gahssan Kanafani in Men In The Sun gives the readers a detailed description of not only the social realities , but the political and human ones as well that characterize the basic lives of the Palestinian people during a critical point in their history when the structure of their existence, as well as the traditional order have been significantly altered by the regional as well as international events .The author describes trauma by showing the struggles and hardships that are undergone by Abu Qais , Marwan and Assa who are all in the quest for a better life . Similarly, in Dawn, Elsie describes the wait of two men for a murder that is scheduled to take place in Dawn. One of the men is an English officer that has been captured . The other, the protagonist of the story is Elisha, a freedom fighter who had been assigned the
The Zionists accepted this depending on negotiations, but the Arab High Committee denied the proposal of the Peel Commission. As Second World War was coming to a start, there was a three-cornered fight occurring in Palestine, in-between the British, Jews and Arabs. Certain Jewish units agreed at this point to hold off the fights and join the struggle against Nazi Germany alongside Allied troops in Italy and the Middle East. At the same time illegal Jewish immigrants escaping from the Nazis began arriving by boat loads (Takkenberg 1998). In the middle of the Second World Wars, the strife intertwining Palestine continued amongst Jews, Arabs and the British.