THE JUSTICE OF THE CALCULATOR

A SYMMETRICAL DEAL: LET THE SWISS REMEMBER, SO THE WORLD MAY BEGIN FORGETTING

Is it better to remember or to forget? Forgetting--even without its sainted better half, forgiveness--is sometimes the only route to sanity. If only the Balkans, for example, could be enfogged by a massive forgetting. As it is, every generation of Serbs remembers, as if it were last Saturday, their defeat by the Turks at the Battle of Kosovo in the year 1389. The result has been centuries of self-renewing reciprocal atrocity between Serbs and Muslims. Massacre is the Balkan national flower.

Among the Irish, a bardic genius for remembering, the grievances singing in the genes, has kept the kettle of sectarian...

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