The most frightening moments of the movie are the most human.
The “us against them” attitude that exists towards teachers, policemen, and other authority figures allows for students of all different kinds to become bound in comradeship against the ever present evil of education.
‘There is war in Samachablo (Georgian name for the region known as South Ossetia)’ they tell me. I wave off the hint of alarm in my thoughts with ‘oh, can’t be more than some borderline skirmish…’
Political elites benefit from grand-standing, regular people just lose their limbs in the process.
I have a friend who says the “N”:
A Whiteboy who’s crazy as sin.
It feels instinctive to say that the death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn marks an end of an era. Which era, though?
“Was it any of my loved ones?” That’s the completely understandable and utterly selfish question of the moment.
Ahron Bregman teaches in the War Studies Department at King’s College, London. He specializes in the Arab-Israeli conflict and is the author of several books, including Israel’s Wars: A History Since 1947.
Them’s fightin’ words,
A whispered Push,
That the whole world heard
Like a bomb from the Bush.
This is a review of Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict by Sandra Mackey. W. W. Norton. 2008.