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Legacy of the Dulles brothers

  1. Oct 17, 2013 #1


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    I listened to NPR's Freshair program last night. The host, Terry Gross, interviewed author Stephen Kinzer about his new book, The Brothers, which is about John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, two figures who determined US foreign policy during the 1950s and 1960s.


    I find the influence of their ideology and world view fascinating and disturbing, and the fact that no one checked their influence on US foreign policy. And it appears that the US has paid a heavy price for their policies and actions.

    These two men stand in stark contrast to John Foster Dulles's son, Avery Robert Dulles, who became a cardinal in the Catholic Church.
    Biography of Cardinal Dulles:
    Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ: A Model Theologian, 1918-2008
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    Its really something when small things cascade into really large crises.

    I wonder how many other times has this happened in the past like during the rise of Rome or the empires of China and how these have shaped current events.

    The current debt crisis reminds me of the Tiberius Gracchus and how he as Tribune shutdown the Roman government by vetoing attempts to open the markets and banks each day until the other tribunes accepted his land reform bill. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiberius_Gracchus). After he was killed his brother took over the fight and was more skillful in getting it passed.

    BBC did a great series on key events in Roman history, one of which was on Tiberius Grachhus:

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  4. Oct 17, 2013 #3


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    It was commonly joked that while Ike was elected President in November, 1952, he assumed the duties of office in May of '59, following the death of John Foster Dulles. :)
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