Wednesday, September 13, 2006


What History Teaches

I was reading a history book (A gripping book I might add.) and came across a sentence that caused my jaw to drop to the floor. The section I was reading was on the Eight Years War in the Netherlands. The sentence is as follows..
Rebellions occur not when people are being repressed, but when oppression lifts and liberation is in the air.

I could not help but link the author's opinion on the root of the Eight Years war with Iraq. (And if you think about it, other conflicts in history.) I believe this statement applies to Iraq's current problems to an extent. The skimishes between Iraqis is bad, but it is also a sign of things getting better. Huh? It is a sign of a freedom which didn't exist before. In time and with proper support and guidance, which means U.S. commitment, they will grow into civility. The U.S. had to go through it. Ireland has been through it. So have many others.

The lesson here is if you want a glimpse at where events are going, take note of where events have gone in the past.

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