Pulp Non Fiction

[ Tuesday, June 21, 2005 ]


"I am Cyrus"

"Harry Truman recognized Israel in 1948--to the despair of the StateDepartment and almost all his top advisers. The establishment types,who believed America's role was not to boost the aspirations of thefledgling Jewish state, but to cozy up to the oil-rich Arab states,thought that Truman had committed a horrible blunder. Truman disagreed.A lifetime of historical reading instilled in him the conviction that the Jews deserved a homeland. When speaking at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York years later, he said, "I am Cyrus," referring to the Persian King who liberated the Jews from exile in Babylon."


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