February 20, 2003

One Who Remembers:

Much has been written about the parallels between the arguments for appeasement in 2003 and the 1930's ... brought to a head by Chamberlain-esque calls by some anti-war protesters for "peace in our time." But who can really speak to these similarities, save historians? Someone who was there, that's who. Like Alistair Cooke.

Now, this memory of mine may be totally irrelevant to the present crisis. It haunts me. I have to say I have written elsewhere with much conviction that most historical analogies are false because, however strikingly similar a new situation may be to an old one, there's usually one element that is different and it turns out to be the crucial one. It may well be so here.

All I know is that all the voices of the 30s are echoing through 2003. . . .

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Posted by Avocare at February 20, 2003 10:07 PM
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