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May 24, 2004

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Barry Freed

Or how about literary Meyrav Wurmser:

It was a beautiful piece of writing. The opening paragraph, however, in the light of later information, strikes me now as ominous. He began with the argument that we whites, from the point of development we had arrived at, 'must necessarily appear to them [savages] in the nature of supernatural beings -- we approach them with the might as of a deity,' and so on, and so on. 'By the simple exercise of our will we can exert a power for good practically unbounded,' etc., etc. From that point he soared and took me with him. The peroration was magnificent, though difficult to remember, you know. It gave me the notion of an exotic Immensity ruled by an august Benevolence. It made me tingle with enthusiasm. This was the unbounded power of eloquence -- of words -- of burning noble words. There were no practical hints to interrupt the magic current of phrases, unless a kind of note at the foot of the last page, scrawled evidently much later, in an unsteady hand, may be regarded as the exposition of a method. It was very simple, and at the end of that moving appeal to every altruistic sentiment it blazed at you, luminous and terrifying, like a flash of lightning in a serene sky: 'Exterminate all the brutes!'

the aardvark

I am humbled.

Minor caveat - the author is a she, not a he!

Leah A

This was my first introduction to Ms. Wurmser. (I could believe you'd made her up, except that was surely the NRO website) You did, indeed, catch her essence in your shorter version. I can't say I'm grateful for the introduction. But I can say thanks for all the other terrific stuff I learn here.

Leah A

This was my first introduction to Ms. Wurmser. (I could believe you'd made her up, except that was surely the NRO website) You did, indeed, catch her essence in your shorter version. I can't say I'm grateful for the introduction. But I can say thanks for all the other terrific stuff I learn here.

the aardvark

Not only is she real, she is the guiding force behind MEMRI. Now perhaps you understand why I find MEMRI such a pernicious influence on our public discourse...

Barry Freed

Sorry about that Abu Aardvark, but i was loathe to touch Conrad's masterful prose. Keep up the good work. MEMRI is truly despicable.

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