The Bloody River

Source: Liberal Currents
by Samantha Hancox-Li

“Let us begin with a simple question: what ends wars? The history of Europe — and elsewhere — provides an answer. Nationalists of all stripes long fantasized that if the lines on the map were simply drawn just right — so that each people had one state and each state one people — if the spheres of influence were simply divided up according to what is just and proper — then peace and harmony between peoples would follow. Nationalists of all stripes spent the better part of a century trying to achieve this, and for their efforts receiving only blood. ‘National integrity’ did not bring peace to Europe. Democracy did.” (06/04/24)