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Come on, It's not all black and white
on 10 June 1999
The problem with Horowitz is that he's a true believer. He was raised a true believer on the left and he became a truel believer on the right, largely because of one incident _ the murder of a friend by Black Panthers that severed the deep emotional ties he had with the left. The problem is that he should have known that some Panthers were good guys, some were opportunists and some were pure thugs. Many of us with left-wing backgrounds became disillusioned with idealogues and were able to discern on our own the excesses and sheer stupidities of our colleagues;. I became a cycnical centrist with lliberal social leanings, as did many of my friends from the 60s. My father, a Communist sympathizer (who knew Horowitz' parents) ended up the same way when he became aware in 1955 of Stalin's brutalities and when he saw people (like Horowitz' parents) shun those who strayed from the party line. What Horowitz needs is perspective. He didn't get it from his parents and he didn't have it in the 60s.