Sunday, August 10, 2008

History, Repeating?

Upon hearing the news that Russia had invaded a neighbor, I wrote: "tonight we're going to party like it's 1968." Then I took a step back.

Let's go back over this stuff:

Major disasters disrupt the Mississippi River region of the United States. Short years later, due to questionable business practices and lax oversight, major financial markets in the United States experience a severe downturn.

A few years later, a rapidly industrializing nation run by a small group of powerful individuals with questionable human rights records host the summer Olympic games in their capital.

One of the world's reemerging powers invades a smaller, weaker nation on its borders. The leader of this nation addresses the major international organization, pleading for action that western democracies fail to give.

"It is us today, it will be you tommorrow."

It is too easy to find conincidences in history. We can read into it and spin it however we choose. But tonight I'm feeling a little 1930's, and I can't shake the feeling.


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1 comment:

DADvocate said...

It is too easy to find conincidences in history. We can read into it and spin it however we choose.

Very true. I'm unsettled by this activity. Whenever there's hostilities like this I think back to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand which snowballed into WWI. At times incidents careen out of control.

But, it looks like there is some good news. Let's hope so.