It’s done!

November 5, 2008

I have very little to add to the vast amounts of commentary but felt I couldn’t let it pass without a note. The references to ‘making history’ and to ‘historic change’ are everywhere. There is an undeniable sense of laying history to rest – of overcoming its legacy. But at the heart of the celebrations is a strong element of commemoration. We don’t set past suffering and brutality aside, we carry it forward as a foil against which later achievements make sense.

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