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No doubt the same expression exists in many languages: "History repeats itself." It is undoubtedly true. A similar sentiment probably inspired George Santayana to observe: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Yet seldom does history repeat itself on its own anniversary. Recently we have had several examples of just that.
Nuclear crisis in Japan (March 2011), recalls a similar nuclear crisis at Three Mile Island in the USA (March thirty-two years ago).
America attacks Libya (19 March 2011), retells the American-led attack on Iraq (19 March eight years ago).
The West bombs Libya (2011), completes the circle of the very first bombing from the air ever, by Italy in Libya one hundred years ago in 1911.
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