100,000 British soldiers – a massive army in the annals of human history; that’s how many soldiers The United Kingdom sent to Palestine in order to quell the budding revolt of the Israeli nation. It didn’t work. Thousands died. Tens of thousands of Arab and Israeli soldiers clashed. Hundreds of thousands of people lost everything they owned – reduced to nothing – an illustration for the dictionary entry on “penury.” This is their story. It’s a story that tells of the hopes of hundreds of generations suddenly, unbelievably, finding fruition. And it’s also the story of a nation sinking low. As always: there’s blood, there’s pain, there’s insights for all of us – insights about politics, international law, man qua wolf and man qua angel. The truth is man is neither an angel or a wolf. He is both. And this is the story of his heavenly dirge, his dismal symphony. And it’s yours, too.
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