Friday, November 12, 2004


Clay Swisher interview

There is an interview with Clay Swisher, author of The Truth About Camp David: The Untold Story About the Collapse of the Middle East Peace Process, up on Electronic Intifada. Having read the book and met Swisher a couple of times, I must say that I am very glad that there is a counter-narrative to the Dennis Ross/Ehud Barak account of what happened at Camp David and especially from somebody with his skills and his interest in attacking the truth from all angles. As he says in the interview:
as I tell serious researchers and students of the conflict wherever I speak, they would be foolish not to read Ambassador Ross's account--and President Clinton and Madeleine Albright's for that matter. Any good investigator looks at all the evidence. It goes without saying that a good investigator and analyst would likewise weigh each account against the normal balance of interests, personal and political, while similarly weighing the dissenting accounts by others who were directly involved (and less outspoken). In my book, I have tried to give the full range of views that exist by the key players who were directly involved. It was indeed interesting for me to hear them recall events so radically different in some cases.
But for those who may not have the time to read Swisher's 400-page book, Ross's 800-pager, Albright's 575, or Clinton's 1,000 pages, read the interview: it's short and sweet. Jeez, looking back on those numbers, you also have to congratulate Swisher for writing the shortest book of the four. Unless you're not into the whole brevity thing.

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