Dissolve the People
It might not be from George Galloway's Guardian page, but nonetheless it was very nice to be cited by the Tomb on the subject of Israel reaching its 1956. On the comments box the question was raised 'this shows a lack of knowledge about East Germany', presumably in reference to the uprising on the Stalinallee. The point of course is that looked at historically 1956 was unexceptional, certainly a great deal more justifiable than forced collectivisation, the purges, the camps, the Nazi-Soviet Pact (similarly people seem not to remember what Israel got up to in Lebanon in the early 80s) and so forth. The fact is though is that it broke the spell. And whether or not this has to do with the dashing of a brief hope is worth investigating- the crushing of the Budapest Soviet hot on the heels of Khrushchev's denunciation of Stalin, the massacres in Lebanon ordered by the 'dovish' Amir Peretz. The realisation that the brutality is systemic.