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Wednesday, 06 February 2013

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Mannie Sherberg
Granted, when it comes to history -- including our own -- we Americans don't know as much as we should. And that, as Santayana warned us ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it") can be a very dangerous thing. But the reverse of this is also true: Those who do remember the past keep on repeating it. The history of Europe -- as blood-soaked as any history in the world -- is one long, woeful tale of peoples who could not and would not let go of the past. The never-ending European wars -- particularly in the Balkans and Central Europe but in other parts of the continent as well -- were the result. There's something to be said for America's obliviousness to the past; it's a big part of what's made our country so receptive to the new, so tolerant of differences, and so forward-looking.

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