In the old Soviet Union, where the commissars would routinely rewrite and rearrange history to fit their political needs, there was a saying: In Russia, it is impossible to predict the past. In Israel, at the time of hyperinflation some years ago, it was said: In Israel, it was impossible to predict the present. Well, in the normal, bourgeois, middle-class, democratic West, one should say, when confronted with the apocalypse du jour: Here it is impossible to predict the future. So when confronted with a national riot of dread: Keep your head.
- From Charles Krauthammer's commencement address at McGill University, June 14, 1993