Saturday, November 06, 2004

No, Not That Sort Of Evacuation

We have a pet theory we've been developing. It goes something like this. During the two world wars, the British and Germans pretty much indiscriminately bombed eachother's cities. Indeed, the Queen is still on the spot to apologise for what the Brits did to Dresden. There were, broadly speaking only two positive outcomes to the horrendous bombardment suffered on both sides. Number one, the fact that the local fast food joints were bombed out of existence meant that diets significantly improved. The second was that large numbers of young people were bussed out of the country, ostensibly for their own safety, to stay with rural families. They also picked up a modicum of respect for the other's way of life.

We can't help but thing that the US could do with such an exchange now.


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