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June 17, 2019

6/5/2019 10:17:00 PM
More musing about war

I grew up in Germany during the time mentioned in last week’s “Musings,” post-war, walking through rubble, seeing bunkers and craters in the woods, where bombs hit and missed their target, the steel factory.
I also thought that the war would shape the culture, and in Germany it did, for a long time. My generation felt international, not national. We were never again to let another war happen, and we didn’t.
But time goes by and people don’t seem to learn from history. I am always so surprised when the young or old start following political leaders who are saying and doing the same thing that politicians did who caused these wars.
Yes, look at the memorials, they are on either side of the war. Eighty years ago we would’ve been enemies. Today we are friends. Why did so many people have to die for a politician’s view of the world?
Whatever nationality we are, we need to think globally not nationalistically. There are so many problems to be solved on this earth, why waste our energy to fight each other?
Rosi Jansen

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