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  •  "It is good, but now the tribes will return." (5+ / 0-)

    As the Soviet Union collapsed, east European individuals were constantly asked by the traditional media how they felt about it.

    I recall one, described as a "grandmother," who said something very much like what is in the subject line.

    "It is good, but now the tribes will return."

    The United States was not prepared to understand how ethnic conflict was something Soviet hegemony, and Tito's control of Yugoslavia, prevented.  A competitive, perhaps evil, system prevented something truly horrible.

    American integration of ethnic minorities is fairly consistent: by the third generation, English is established as the "normal" language and most "native" norms have been adopted.  Sure, every generation has die-hard American nativists who will not accept as American anyone not meeting some Anglo-Saxon ideal but, for the most part, there's a collective shrug.

    Integrating and intermixing religions, nationalities, colors and everything else may not be complete but nobody is posting signs on the streets saying, "No Irish," anymore.

    The United States, it is sad to say, couldn't see what the fuss was about.

    And we didn't learn the lesson.  We never understood how a people could look at a battle fought in 1389 as an indicator of identity.

    Then we went into Iraq and could not, would not, conceive how a religious division from 632 would play out when unleashed.

    No, we cannot tolerate even a one-term McCain presidency.

    by algebrateacher on Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 08:33:11 AM PDT

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