On the way to the restaurant/hotel in France, we passed a few French memorials to past wars. We spotted none on the German side of the border, perhaps because there are none.
The French may have been on the winning side of the last European war, thanks to the United States, but they do not have horn to blow. I would think that they would want to hide all memory of the Maginot Line. That engineering work represents more embarrassment than military brilliance. I’m surprised that La Grand Nation wants to be reminded of such a colossal failure.
News of the arrest of one more Balkan War criminal has been competing with news of the FIFA "scandal" (something fabricated by the English media, having learned a lesson from some Fox News commentators). As mentioned earlier, I do not understand the Balkan War and do not want to think about it. Some people displayed the worst in human character; many suffered.
I want to mention some people that acted nobly or sanely or...something good.
Spain suffered through a long civil war and then decades of Franco's dictatorship. The country was split into rival groups, with one dominating the other. When Franco died, the country could have been plunged into sectarian strife and brutal reprisals. None of this occurred, at least not on the scale seen in other parts of the world. Hatred was kept under a lid of trying to achieve unity and peaceful coexistence. It may have helped that all were Catholics, which proves that religion is usually the root of all evil in this world.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.