Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

It must be Glubb

This program, 'The Birth of Israel', http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/b00b91vj.shtml, mentioned the Arab Legion and that is had British officers. I was hoping that Glubb Pasha would be name-checked, but he wasn't. Once again I was struck that the causal link in The Yiddish Policeman's Badger between the Holocaust killing 'only' 2 million people, and Israel being overrun by Arabs in 1948 (?) is not a convincing one.
I think from a alternate world POD point of view the case could easily be made that the outcome of the Arab Israeli War of 1948 (other names for this conflict / war / whatever are available) could easily have been different if for example the Arab forces had been better trained or the five Arab countries involved were less self-serving . However, I think Chabon's idea is that this is supposed to be a grand sweep of history, which I don't really think fits the facts. It was all very messy and contingent and my gut feeling is that most people have a sort of folk-history view of it which bears little relation to reality.

Also, Chabon breaks alternate reality rule 1 - no cold war, no computer revolution, no mobile phones, shoyfer or otherwise.

OK, I shall shut up about this one, though I reserve the right to quote from the Glubb biography when I start reading it.

(I am looking forward to the random drive-by search driven comments on this one :-))

[At least it was better than the Nancy Kress novella that won the Nebula, the only other winner which I have knowingly read, which struck me very much as a typical Isaac Astral's SF by numbers story]

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