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The lessons of history.,
This review is from: Sunflowers and Snipers: Saving Children in the Balkan War (Hardcover)
Fifty years after the Holocaust the Balkans war resulted in the death and maiming of innocent civilians in the cause of religion, ethnicity and politics. All right-thinking people deplored such events and were properly indignant that the lessons of history had so clearly not been learned. Sally Becker did not content herself with such pious moralising: she got into her vehicle and went into the heart of the conflict and organised relief for the victims. The personal courage of this woman is remarkable enough but in addition she possessed sufficient determination, clarity of purpose and sheer bloody-mindedness to confront the indifference and even hostility of politicians and the UN.
This book does not make comfortable reading relating, as it does, horrors we are entitled to believe no longer exist in our time and in a civilised part of the world. The truth is that they did,not so long ago,and in all probability will again.Do we hope another Sally Becker will be on hand next time? Or is it absurdly optimistic to believe it can't happen again? For the answer,refer to the lessons of history.