‘The best lack all conviction…’

‘The best lack all conviction…’

Lately, we watch the news with one eye shut, the other wincing in anticipation of anguish. Though we mumble to ourselves: “It can’t possibly get worse” as the newscaster reports another dozen Israelis or Palestinians are dead, we dare not say it out loud for fear of tempting fate with such presumption. Things can, and probably will, get much worse—perhaps unimaginably so—in Israel and Palestine during this long, hot summer.