Essay: Running From Defeat

Stunned beyond belief, shaken beyond admission, still unable to comprehend the disaster, the Arab world last week lurched violently between collapse and retribution. It could no longer make war, but refused to make peace. It had lost its armies, but was desperately determined not to lose its face. Instead, it indulged in an orgy of breast-beating, rationalizing, complaining and threatening that seemed intended to prove both that the Arabs had won the war and that someone else was to blame because they had lost it. "Defeat exists only for those who admit it,"...

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