Loving Too Much, Hating Too Much
"The nation which indulges towards another habitual hatred or habitual fondness is to some degree a slave. It is a slave to its own animosity or to its own affection - either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interests."
George Washington, first President of the United States, in his Farewell Speech at the conclusion of his second term of presidency in 1796. Washington was particularly referring to the United States, then a "third-world country," in its relationships with England and France. Now, more than 200 years later, his words still ring true in regard to the Caucasus and Caspian regions.
From Azerbaijan International (6.3) Autumn 1998.
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