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To: 2ndDivisionVet; wideawake; Sonny M

As much as you’d want to wish the Polish well, I honestly don’t see a movement in this direction towards reparations/ power redistribution, etc., doing anything to improve the situation the parties involved, are in presently. Even if they did, what would the reparations consist of? Who determines how long it should go on? To whom? For how many generations?

The past was a bad mess. Anything done to change the wrongs of history would only seem to justify the actions of Idi Amin and Robert Mugabe. IMHO.


47 posted on 06/21/2007 11:58:24 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: CarrotAndStick
I think your viewpoint is valid.

However, there is a fundamental disconnect in the European Constitution.

You have the European Parliament, analogous to our House and which is elected according to population.

Then you have the European Council which is analogous to our Senate.

However, unlike our Senate, the Council's 27 ministers (one for each country) have unequal, weighted votes.

If I were Poland I would demand that - as in the US Senate - each state receive one equal vote in the Council.

That would be far more useful than any sort of reparations.

59 posted on 06/21/2007 12:12:32 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: CarrotAndStick
As much as you’d want to wish the Polish well, I honestly don’t see a movement in this direction towards reparations/ power redistribution, etc., doing anything to improve the situation the parties involved, are in presently. Even if they did, what would the reparations consist of? Who determines how long it should go on? To whom? For how many generations?

I don't believe in reperations, what I do believe is that Germany simply should not benefit from a situation it created only a few decades after (and for reasons similiar to those that are motivating it today).

The remedy won't be easy, but creating a situation by using illegal means and then trying to benefit from the fruits of the labor from those illegal means, is not proper.

75 posted on 06/21/2007 12:41:40 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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