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    • Michael Jacobs
    • 19.03.07 | 15:49 (IST)

    Vittorio, in a forum like this, anybody can call himself 'Dutch', 'Palestinian' or 'Israeli'. Such small lies do not really matter. Progress and peace do not depend on cultural or national identities, but, rather, on actions of (moral) responsibility and accountability. Unfortunately, most Dutch individuals lack a moral awareness, largely because it is deemed uneconomical to teach philosophy in public schools. As a result, there were only a few heroes during WWII, and Holland as a whole did not stand up against the Nazi's crimes. In complicity with the German occupier, close to 90% of the Dutch Jews were murdered (the highest percentage, after Poland). Do not be angry. Aside from hitting back when people strike you, compassion is really the best way to teach the world how peace could work.

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