May 1, 2012 · 12:00 am
The KGB? They haven’t gone away you know.
But they’ve ended up in the most unexpected places. You’ll never guess Continue reading →
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October 9, 2010 · 3:51 pm
“Great men are almost always bad men.” That’s the tagline to the wonderful play, Blood and Gifts, about US involvement in Afghanistan from 1981-1991. I’ve just seen it.
That depressing opening sentence is also the missing third line from the famous and much cited quotation from Lord Acton (aka John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton):
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” Continue reading →
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