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A few days ago I watched a documentary by a Flemish journalist visiting Belfast on both sides of the separation wall during the days of the Orange Marches and its preparation. I was shockingly surprised as there was no peace, just a truce. Activists and militias on both sides, no place to live and rear children.
by Oui on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 10:29:58 PM EST
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After several hundred years of low to hot conflict and violence a truce is a major step forward.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 05:59:24 PM EST
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In my life I got just a brief glimpse of the destruction and aftermath of the German occupation during the Great War 1940-45. The Netherlands as a nation and its people had to rebuild homes, schools, roads and infrastructure. After the Allied victory, people were quite hopeful although poor and without any means to survive. It took a generation and in the fall of 1960 with the election of President Kennedy the people in Europe were elated. The pleasure was short lived due to the assassination and the entry of war in Southeast Asia. The communist upheaval also effected the former colony of the Dutch: Indonesia.

It's clear the Irish have a religious conflict, similar to all others across the globe. The nations of mainland Europe founded the European Union to rebuild on the principle of peace - see the founding fathers of the EEC. The aggressive expansion into the former Soviet satellite states, so called "New Europe", has weakened not strengthened the union. The Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld administration and now the Trump administration attempt to undermine the economic might of the EU. The UK made a choice, well a slim majority led  and misled by British Conservatives, made a choice for BrExit. They believe to be better off as a nation closer to the United States than to mainland Europe. What I read between the lines and watch in debates on the networks has truly amazed me. The British people and its leadership were not integrated into the EU, we don't speak the same language. The MPs have no idea what Europe and the principles of the Four Freedoms  stand for. It's a choice to be made, a compromise for survival as a nation with ones neighbours.

A failed integration, not willing to compromise and have the best of both your country and the economics of scale within Europe.  Short-sightedness of politics ... playing games instead of taking responsibility and lead a nation. A call for duty ... the parliamentarians and the Tory ministers of #10 went AWOL.

by Oui on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 06:40:12 PM EST
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