Saturday, September 25, 2010

About Tom de Waal - Gulliver of our times

Tom de Waal / Photo Trend
Perhaps you already know Gulliver of our times - Mr. Thomas de Waal of glorious county of Nottinghamshire.

He has written an excellent book about Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as a result of his travels to Lilliput and Blefuscu of our times - Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The whole essence of the book, which is called “Black Garden,” can be summarized to a sacred phrase that we keep hearing from Dr. House nowadays – “Everybody lies.”

Now Mr. de Waal is a prime expert on the Caucasus, especially on uneasy relationship between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He occasionally gives talks or writes articles (papers) about the fate of us, poor beings.

He is so demonstratively balanced that sometimes I think he is balanced for the sake of being balanced.

Unlike his really interesting book, if you take out all the water from his speeches and writings, there will remain something like "War is bad, very bad. And this conflict can erupt at any time. Don't let it start again. Peace in the Caucasus!"

And here, I unintentionally recall “Barbarella” - want to raise the palm of my hand and say: “Love!”

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