“A true friend is someone who tells you what you need to know and not only what you want to hear,” said Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland.
I don’t think it was a coincidence that this line was very similar to what I wrote two day before, in the “note” I wrote to Shinzo Abe, where I wrote, “Sometimes a friend should tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear.”
I’m not sure why Mary Robinson said something very similar to what I wrote. Perhaps America made her say that line. At the time, I was also involved in the effort to try to get Israel to sign a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Perhaps this was America’s way of signaling that the stuff I wrote was coming from the government. Perhaps this was America’s way of explaining why I wrote the things that I did.