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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

It Depends on What the Meaning of "Lies" is

Andrew Sullivan provides the following from Ehud Barak, out of the New York Times Review of Books, regarding the Camp David negotiation amongst Clinton, Arafat, and Barak:

They are products of a culture in which to tell a lie...creates no dissonance. They don't suffer from the problem of telling lies that exists in Judeo-Christian culture. Truth is seen as an irrelevant category. There is only that which serves your purpose and that which doesn't. They see themselves as emissaries of a national movement for whom everything is permissible. There is no such thing as 'the truth'.

OK, so Barak doesn't trust the Clintons. But how does he feel about Arafat?

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