HuD in English
I note that some people argue against the use of English and others for it. As an English-speaker, let me say that I hope that all of us--as friends and colleagues--can feel free to write in the language we feel most comfortable with. As scholars, we ought to be able to read in other languages--Spanish, Portuguese, French, German--especially with the help of the rapid versions prepared on this line.
It is uncomfortable enough dealing with
issues that test our tolerance, as much as our perspicacity,
in times of powerful history-changing events. While I usually
feel so much more at ease with subjects that are hundreds of
years in the past, even when morally they cut deep into my own
private and family feelings, what is going on calls for all
the skills of interpretation and judgment we have built up in
a lifetime. And still it is not easy--indeed, it goes against
so much of what I stood for as a young man standing against
the Vietnam War--to realize that in this instance I find
myself backing the Coalition against Terrorism.