Repeating history

To the Editor:

Four score and four years ago, Germany annexed Austria to “unify” the German-speaking people of the continent, and the popularity of its leader soared.

Today, the hope is that a different language will yield a different result. As the world holds its breath, Vladimir Putin hopes to prove that George Santayana was wasting his: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Walter Enoch

McHenry