Member Rara Avis
Do you remember this old thread, Karen?
A bit of the way into that thread I talk about a movie called "Absence of Malice," starring Sally Fields and Paul Newman, and a scene that takes place near the very end. Sally's character is being interviewed by a reporter:
"I need to know how to describe your relationship with Gallagher. Mac said to quote you directly. You can say whatever you want."
"Just . . . say we were involved."
"That's true, isn't it?"
"No. But it's accurate."
The document you're reading, Karen, might indeed be accurate, but I find it highly unlikely it's true. The dates and events seem to reflect real world history, at least insofar as a non-historian like myself can tell, but the whole text is so heavily biased as to be almost unpalatable.
Just as a quick example of what I mean, here's two very quick sentences (around page 15, under the section labeled "The Yom Kippur War, 1973"):
"Israel flew air raids into Egypt and bombed civilians near Cairo. Soviet pilots and missiles participated in the defense of Egypt."
I'm just guessing here, but I think maybe the author of your text is harboring some very non-objective sympathies for one particular side of the conflict?
I think any history that appears to hold one side of a conflict absolutely blameless is, at best, questionable and, at worst, simple propaganda. I argued in that old thread that there was no such thing as absolute objectivity, that we all necessarily incorporate our biases into everything we write or say. Most of us do it unintentionally.
The author of your text is clearly doing it by design.
Unfortunately, when a writer has an agenda, especially one they're not entirely up front about, it means we as readers have to tread very carefully. It would be nice to believe the writer did no more than color the facts to suit his agenda, but sadly that isn't always the case. Too often, the coloring bleeds into, at best, leaving out facts that don't support the agenda and, at worst, twisting the facts to make them fit.
Maybe it's just me. The entire tone of this document puts me on edge. I simply don't feel I can trust the author.