Letter: When we will learn from our own history?

When we will learn from our own history?

To the editor:

Due to the endless political debates, we may know more than we need to know about some of these aspiring candidates.

I laughed when I heard CNN anchor Carol Costello say "Ohio governor John Kasich seems to have wandered into the wrong party." He does seem out of place compared to the two other remaining candidates because like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, he has had experience governing his own state. In Kasich's case, he created jobs and made highly productive changes.

Whoever wins the White House will have to consider the challenge of dealing with ISIS. I wonder if we will ever learn? History has shown us that when you get rid of one tyrannical dictator another force or predator rises, often worse than what went before. Just as people tend to marry the same type of person over and over, history repeats itself constantly, but do we listen?

When I saw the statue of Saddam Hussein being pulled down from its pedestal in Baghdad, I thought, "Who or what beast is going to rise from these ashes?" What arose was Al-Qaida, which developed into ISIS. A vacuum always invites something to fill it. If Assad is taken down in Syria, ISIS or some other fanatical group will be quick to force its way in.

On YouTube, we are still able to hear Pete Seeger's haunting song of the early 1960s sung by Peter Paul and Mary — "Where have all the flowers gone?," the last lines of which are "Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing...When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?"

I've always felt the last line of this song should ask, "When will "we" ever learn? When will "we" ever learn?"

Elna Nugent, Lenox


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