I just opened the most recent issue (much belatedly) of Foreign Affairs, and read the most intriguing sentence on the evolution of Poland over the last century from Radek Sikorski, minister of foreign affairs:
The twentieth century was a rollercoaster for Poland, regaining independence after World War I, then losing it and getting ethnically cleansed by Stalin and Hitler together, and then 45 years of struggle for democracy. Hopefully, we’ll produce less history than in the past. (My emphasis.)
Food for thought, I think, upon reflecting on history and the future of democracy at home and abroad.