In Praise of Ignorance
As early as 1944, the British military historian B. H. Liddell-Hart noted in his delightful (and short) book "Why Don’t We Learn from History?"  that generals and politicians – those who had a personal stake in the way history would depict them, made the least reliable witnesses with regard to affairs in which they had been personally involved. I was reminded of it while watching the TV program "The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs". To my great surprise, some academicians, with whom I later spoke, not only liked the program but also believed that it was good and credible because the people interviewed were the generals and the politicians who at the time were at the center of the events and made the crucial decisions. The presentations were straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Only, that exactly was the reason why I personally, had strong reservations about this program. Especially so, as there was not even an attempt to add another perspective to the content.