Sunday Reading

Don’t miss Barney Rubin’s long and personal meditation in the Boston Review on his involvement in Afghanistan diplomacy over the past decades. The depth of that involvement in recent years makes all the more poignant his growing suspicion that the situation is past the point where Obama’s 30,000 extra US troops are going to make the difference. has two must-see entires. One is Tony Karon’s essay on “Obama’s Gaza Opportunity.” The other is an online excerpt from the graphic novel of “Waltz with Bashir,” based on the Israeli animated feature film, by Ari Follman, teating the Sabra and Shatila episode during the 1982 Israel-Lebanon War.

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