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  •  That's a case of one side with overwhelming might (2+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, Odysseus

    on the scale of, say, a hypothetical interstellar civilization showing up tomorrow and making short work of the nuclear superpowers.

    Even a far gentler Spanish Empire, et al, would have obliterated the relatively fragile cultures of the Americas.

    This does not excuse the rapine and savagery of the Conquest of the New World...but the end result, the  near-complete marginalization of the First Nations, was all but inevitable. (Hold on, more on that in a bit.)

    Circling back to the Middle East. The moral choice - to be good, or not, to make amends, or not - and the consequences of same - are on more equivalent ground in the contemporary Middle East.

    And back to the Americas...we are at the point of being able, from both sides of Native American relations, to discuss remedies, atonement... making right what it is possible to make right.

    That cultural gulf was once far more vast than that between Arab and Israeli. It's not been that long in North America since formal peace treaties (and breaking of same) was the normal pattern of activity between the United States and nations like the Dine and Oceti Sacowin (aka the Navajo and the Sioux) was hardly one of mutual regard. Oh, no. Not even.

    So, maybe there is hope. And time. And fortune enough to get both in needful measure. And wisdom sufficient to use the gifts fortune gives to their fullest.

    •  Just a small observation on the (2+ / 0-)
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      don mikulecky, cskendrick

      "Conquest of the New World": the decisive factor was the massive epidemics caused by "Old World" diseases, not overwhelming military might. Even measles proved deadly to previously unexposed populations. By the time Spanish soldiers actually arrived in an area, the diseases, which traveled much faster, had already wiped out the local population.

      "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

      by cadejo4 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:52:19 PM PST

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