Time Essay: On Challenging the Inevitable

Once, when lunching with young Winston Churchill in 1895, the Chancellor of the Exchequer fashioned a wonderfully weary ormolu dictum: "My dear Winston, the experiences of a long life have convinced me that nothing ever happens." Churchill, of course, spent a lifetime of 90 years learning that practically everything happens, especially, from time to time, the unthinkable.

Anwar Sadat's trip to Jerusalem, and all that has followed from it, suggests again the ingenuity with which some men and women have approached the seemingly insoluble problem, the historical impossibility. Old impregnable conundrums usually fall...

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