Monday, 4 January 2016

O'Callaghan and Urquhart

Not a Hiberno-Scottish firm of solicitors, but two distinguished military men who for a short time kennelled the dogs of war on Israel's northern border on behalf of the international community. Robert Fisk recalled those times in an article inspired by the funeral of Bill O'Callaghan just after Christmas.

Allow for the fact that Fisk is no friend of American foreign policy nor of the Israeli Defence Force, and it is still a powerful piece of writing. Fisk's own feelings never get in the way of scrupulous reporting of facts. It would be a distortion to select quotations from it, like picking out "the good bits" from a Brahms symphony. Please read the whole piece.

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