Memorial Day started as a commemoration of the hundreds of thousands killed in our Civil War.  It was a war that started because the nation could not tolerate being half free and half slave-owning any longer.  What won the day was one nation, once assembled, which could never pull apart.  Perpetual Union is now sanctified in blood and taken as a given.

While we pause to remember the sacrifices of those who came before us, Europe is deep into their own process for understanding what Union means to them.  It has been in the works for perhaps 200 years, or 2,000 if you want to start with Rome.  The bloodshed has been grave and terrible.

Does it really come down to stark choices like this for Europe?

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