Eruption in the Middle East

Eruption in the Middle East

The combined, and probably premeditated, Anglo-French Israeli punitive expedition against Egypt has again illuminated the narrow track we walk between survival and extinction. If, for many of us, this information has become fearfully redundant, for others it may have the salutary effect of making it clear that the challenge confronting the human race in our century cannot be resolved by recourse to past modes of political behavior or to a detached faith in History, blind and deified, like Justice. Such abstractions convert themselves into weapons for the concrete murder of humanity.

Politics used to be defined as the science of power, or the art of the possible; and, as such, politics is dead. We are learning, and it is a bitter lesson, that the people we used to call Utopians because they insisted that the spheres of public and private morality could not be kept apart without finally corrupting both were, if ineffectual in their time, prescient for ours. Politics, in its most practical and experiential definition, now becomes the art and science of human survival, that is, the practice of public morality. If this seems merely homiletic, it is a measure of the tragedy of our time that it should seem so. It is a homily come home to roost, for good. It is the handwriting on the wall, the damned spot that defies erasure.

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Lima