The first American Revolution officially began on July 4th, 1776, when the Thirteen Colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. And it didn’t end until 1781, when General Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, and the Treaty of Paris was signed with Great Britain in 1783. In other words it took seven years of hard struggle before the colonists could become the free and sovereign United States of America.
The most obvious indication that the Palestinians do not want a state is their constant demands for Israel to make far-reaching concessions which they know the Jewish state cannot make. The Palestinians know that the only way to maintain their present status is to make demands that cannot be met. And so, the question is: Why don’t the Palestinians want a state? The reason is simple: Statehood would entail responsibilities the Palestinians do not want to assume.
Poor Lenin’s Almanac: Perverse Leftist Proverbs for Modern Life, by Bruce Walker, Outskirts Press: Denver, Colorado, 2010, 197 pages, paperback, $20.95. Available at Amazon.com.
Bruce Walker has almost turned Ben Franklin and his aphorisms in Poor Richard’s Almanack on their head. Almost. He has taken many of the favorite sayings of our parents and grandparents and — in the voice of today’s amoral socialists — inverted them into what amounts to the operating principles of the modern state and its salaried myrmidons.