Friday, November 11, 2005

Remembrance Day 11:11:11 11/11

"Gathered at the cenotaph
All agreed with hand on heart
To sheath the sacrificial knifes"

One of the more deeply revealing things about Europe is to drive through middle and north England, for example, and stop at small and medium sized towns and look at the cenotaph. There is almost always one there, somewhere near the town center, and the list of names and dates is agonising.
Think of it as 100 Vietnam War memorials, done in neo-classic style and scattered through thousands of towns.

It moulded European attitudes for the last 87 years, and will continue to do so for at least another decade.
After that, people might forget. Which might be bad.


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