August 30, 2015

The Unraveling

Nearly two decades after the end of World War I, Yeats wrote: “If war is necessary, or necessary in our time and place, it is best to forget its suffering as we do the discomfort of fever, remembering our comfort at midnight when our temperature fell, or as we forget the worst moments of more painful disease.” It is tempting to agree with Yeats, or to find wisdom in my colleague who recently said, when I asked what she thought about Guantanamo Bay: “I try not to think about that.” There are a number of ways to erase history. One […]