“And we proposed a toast to the abolishment of curtains of all kinds—of iron curtains, and nylon curtains, and political curtains, and curtains of falsehood, and curtains of superstition. We suggested that curtains were a prelude to war, and that if war should come it could be for only one of two reasons—either through stupidity, or through intent, and if it was through intent on the part of any leaders, then those leaders should be removed, and if it was through stupidity, then the causes should be more closely inspected. And we proposed that since no one, not even the most stupid and belligerent of men, could imagine that a modern war could be won by anyone, then any leader on any side who seriously proposed war should be hunted down as an insane criminal and taken out of circulation. Capa has seen a great deal of war, and I have seen a little, and both of us feel very strongly on the subject.”
– from ‘A Russian Journal’
‘A Russian Journal’ revisited. 1947-2017. John Steinbeck/Robert Capa
PHOTO: Good-bye “Supra” – dinner for Julius Strauss in “Shavi Lomi” restaurant. Mamuka, Eka, Sandro, Nestan, Levani, Manana. Kakha skype. Tbilisi, Georgia, 2017/8.
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