Certainly one of the more bizarre ‘autobiographical’ pieces Weiss has done. ‘Memories’ of the hearsay testimonies of Douglas Feith’s family history, returning to the ‘scene of the boots’, ‘justice for the remnant’, but the money’s just not enough. The Germans destroyed Warsaw, ‘the scene of the boots’, barely leaving a building standing, or a stick of furniture untouched, so I’m not sure what scene Weiss was looking at. (Apparently when rebuilding, too much was spent on ‘rebuilding’, and foodstuffs, and not enough on the right memorials). As for Justice, or more importantly for Weiss, vengeance, the Allied area bombing campaign, mass expulsion and forced labor of ethnic Germans, rape and plunder on a biblical scale, and the partition and occupation of Germany seems pretty harsh stuff. The statistics are debated, but more than a million Germans murdered or worked to death after the war doesn’t appear to be an exaggeration from what I’ve read. And setting aside the German remains, Poland was looted, deserted by the Allies, not that I can recall a single movie in English celebrating the Poles attempt to recover bits of their stolen heritage.
See National Security Archive articles, 'What Gorbachev heard', and 'What Yeltsin heard'. By the time Clinton and Yeltsin were simultaneously in office, the dipsomaniac was giving away the bank (with the assistance of his daughter) and crying in his vodka over the liberals' expansion of NATO, liberals being Clinton, Christopher, and Holbrooke. (Another example of Chomsky's analysis that the 'liberals' in the US and Israel are often more hawkish than the conservatives.)
"The first concrete assurances by Western leaders on NATO began on January 31, 1990, when West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher opened the bidding with a major public speech at Tutzing, in Bavaria, on German unification. The U.S. Embassy in Bonn (see Document 1) informed Washington that Genscher made clear “that the changes in Eastern Europe and the German unification process must not lead to an ‘impairment of Soviet security interests.’ Therefore, NATO should rule out an ‘expansion of its territory towards the east, i.e. moving it closer to the Soviet borders.’” The Bonn cable also noted Genscher’s proposal to leave the East German territory out of NATO military structures even in a unified Germany in NATO.
This latter idea of special status for the GDR territory was codified in the final German unification treaty signed on September 12, 1990, by the Two-Plus-Four foreign ministers (see Document 25). The former idea about “closer to the Soviet borders” is written down not in treaties but in multiple memoranda of conversation between the Soviets and the highest-level Western interlocutors (Genscher, Kohl, Baker, Gates, Bush, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Major, Woerner, and others) offering assurances throughout 1990 and into 1991 about protecting Soviet security interests and including the USSR in new European security structures. The two issues were related but not the same. Subsequent analysis sometimes conflated the two and argued that the discussion did not involve all of Europe. The documents published below show clearly that it did."
"Christopher later claimed in his memoir that Yeltsin misunderstood – perhaps from being drunk – the real message that the Partnership for Peace would in fact “lead to gradual expansion of NATO”; but the actual American-written cable reporting the conversation supports subsequent Russian complaints about being misled."
out of order. this was supposed to be in reply to JWalters comment on NATO above.
“Emmanuel: Atop the shadow-cast hills at the northern end of the West Bank, in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement of Emmanuel, abusers of children have found a safe haven.
Malka Leifer, the former Melbourne school principal and accused child molester, came to live here in 2016 after an Israeli judge found she was mentally unfit to face extradition to Australia.
And here, even though she is wanted by Victoria Police on 74 counts of alleged sexual assault and rape involving girls, one resident claims Leifer was able to continue abusing children, including his own teenage daughter, without consequence.”
So when are we going to be treated to the ‘Spotlight’, you know the version where the catholic editor is brought into the NYT to cut through the prejudice, and corruption and parochialism of the Jewish community and bravely publish the expose of decades of sexual abuse covered up by the Church hierarchy? Blackmail, payoffs, witness intimidation, corrupt DAs, it’s all there.