Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Quotes of the Day (X)

- "If Europe is to be saved from infinite misery, and indeed from final doom, there must be an act of faith in the European family and an act of oblivion against all the crimes and follies of the past."

Winston Churchill, 19 September 1946, proposing a "United States of Europe" to bring peace to the continent after two World Wars.

- "We have to throw out the past with all its difficulties and bitterness behind our backs, and take serious steps toward the national reconciliation project."

Tayseer al-Mashhadani, Sunni Arab parliamentarian, and sister of the Speaker of the Council of Representatives, who was recently released from two months of being held hostage by Shi'a militants.

Sixty years ago, people assumed history condemned Europe (especially France and Germany) to recurrent warfare, much as they do the sectarian communities of Iraq today. Certainly, there is a still a great deal of work to be done towards the necessary reconciliation, but history suggests that we shouldn't give up hope just yet.