Staff Picks – From The Holy Mountain
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  • Silke

    Of course William Dalrymple wouldn’t miss an opportunity to pick on Jews and Israel – Certainly Christians all over the world are “enthusiastic” about preserving Jewish historical sites. But who is going to resist a nice little jibe at Israel …

    Israel — where the Jewish government has been unenthusiastic about preserving Christian historical sites

    Generally he is a man for whom no “Easterner” can ever do wrong. But maybe you like to read him here – If I’d want an honest description of something William Dalrymple would never be the man I’d turn to.

    Here he is with a teaser showing of his oh so deep knowledge of Syria from 2007 – which btw has he been heard on who “made” Assad kill his own people? According to Google News this man who is so know-all on the area keeps mum which is to his credit at least when I compare him to German know-alls of the “orient”.

    an Israeli attack ‘on a nuclear facility in Syria’ — though no one has ever previously claimed that Syria has a nuclear programme. Indeed, there is much evidence that, unlike its Israeli neighbour, it has consciously chosen not to go down the nuclear route.

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/print/essays/292216/ignore-the-hype-syria-shouldnt-be-demonised.thtml

  • kevin bryant

    nice piece peter! all the best.

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