A Matter Of Opinion

Monday's Loose Thread

This video is from "Ukraine's Got Talent." Using sand and a light box, an artist depicts the World War II invasion and the toll from the three-year occupation. Her performance is so powerful that the audience is reduced to tears. Do you ever wonder what America's psyche would be like if we had ever endured such a thing? Look at the changes triggered by the 9/11 terrorists attacks. Multiply that that by a Hitler invasion and/or a Stalin purge (the Ukraine endured both) and you have to think we'd be a very different people. Certainly less cocky. Certainly more humble.

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