So this is where I start having actual recollections….
Menachem Begin was born in 1913 at the geopolitical crux of Poland and Russia. Early Zionist stints in various Eastern European locales. Â Caught in Stalin’s net in 1940. Â Released and self-inscripted to the Free Polish Army to train in Palestine in 1943. Â Led uprisings against Britain, guerrilla bombings, establishing Israeli state.Â Begin’s political foundings also make him the grandfather of Likud.
Best known for the Camp David Peace Accords.Â Â Begin won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 (shared with Anwar Sadat). Â By 1981, Sadat was dead and Menachem was bombing the shit out of Iraq under the pretense of “nuclear containment”. Â WMD anyone?
The US President in 1981 was this:
I vaguely remember Carter as president. Â My first political awareness is of Bonzo’s best friend. Â I think Ronnie is best addressed in listicle form:
Things Ronnie was:
- Effective communicator
- Destroyer of middle class
- Neo-con Kennedy
Things Ronnie was not:
- Al Haig
And “trickle-down” economics is nothing more than oligarchs pissing on everyone else. Â See: Current state of affairs in Kansas aka Kochtopia aka Brownbeckistan
At this point in my life I honestly don’t know what to think about Palestine. Â I don’t believe any side will be successful in violence. Â Would a Northern Ireland type solution work?