Old salt wounds heal slowly. And during times of high stress and anger is is always to take care in disentangling from such a tricky position. Each must let go of the throat of the other, or pull the knife back, slowly, carefully. But it must be done, and the polls tell us that the voice of the people of America tells us this cannot happen any time soon enough for most Americans.
Time to leave them sort out some issues, that are not our concern or our ability, for now any reasonable voice as a n honest broker or moderator.But if we look at what is being suggested in Europe it is well recognized that the Moors in Spain did hold together the wisdom of civilization in Spain until 1492 when the scholar, whether he or she was Jew or Christian or a Moor of Islam, could receive the finest education in the finest libraries in the world. In Granada many diverse religions lived in peace and harmony.
And perhaps at the Pillars of Hercules, or Gibraltar,is the natural bridge between Europe and Africa.
Then across north Africa to Asia perhaps as well. Like book ends of bravery, Africa enters Europe at the bridge of Leonardo of the renaissance, and a citizen of this rebuilding world could enter Asia over that other bridge and still, well, be in Europe.
This all sounds as if I want to live long enough to drive both those bridges, between some barbarism inflicted and self inflicted, to a wiser, more embracing people who are fascinated that they are now a citizen of some exotic far away place that is now theirs to enjoy.
We Anglos of Canada are reminded of the overwhelming power and magnificence of our own nation, as an example. Peoples of French speaking Quebec visit the Rockie Mountains, or canoe in parks of the Great Bear Rain Forest on the west coast, a grizzly bear habitant the size of Washington State. And they vote to stay in Canada, because, as they admit when out here, they would be mad to turn their back on all this and be an isolated backwater, a Cuba to the north. And they stay under the more known and respected banner of a land called Canada, while they speak French.
And so may a billion or more people over the pond. Couples visiting Rick's place tonight are from Berlin, Paris, Lapland, and Cairo, all smiling and having a toast to harmony in diversity. The wives think the handsome young Moorish lads are lovely, and the men sit back for those famous belly dancers of the north African provinces of Europe Africa Asia.
Great place to visit, great place to live. Coming up. With the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and cooperation of many. Start your inter continental peace missives, gentlemen. Civilization is going to gamble on one more great leap forward, near that crossroads of civilization since time began.
And we think this is good work, given all the mis fired good intentions exploding further to the east. Maybe such a cooperative group among them, as begin after the horrors of 1945. It could happen again.
We are often more close than we might have thought, and we have created demons of each other for far too long. I vote that next year we all deal more with shaking hands than poking people with a stick, sword, or bomb, which we have enjoyed just a tad too long for most. Less sword, more healing should be on our agenda for a more benign 2009. Cheers.
This new Europe will take bravery and more goodwill than we ever have needed. But look at where we are. As the Germanic north joins Caesar with Hannibal, Cleopatra, the princes of Moorish Africa, we will surely arise to a greater wiser civilization, that like America, can be a unifying meeting of th great cultures and survive and thrive.
Greek freedom all over the place, what a divine revelation. And a winter spa at Carthage. Ah, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, Louie. Meet you at the Casbah. I know, leave both my
camel and my elephant on the lawn, fertilizer is a good anti dote to all that salt the Romans poured around each here. We make them take a suitcase full back to Rome each visit. And we charge them a salt tax. Old wounds heal slowly.
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