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Mirroring the Marmota Monax

Do you ever get the feeling that things will never change?
With Groundhog Day approaching this weekend, it wouldn’t surprise me if I woke up and found myself back in the 1960s — flag-waving nationalists beating on foreigners, police beating on civil rights marchers, religious fundamentalists beating on homosexuals, bigots beating on minorities.
Hang on. I need to check the calendar to make sure I’m not actually back in the ’60s!
Monday, Punxsutawney Phil will once again look for his shadow, then predict the inevitable extension of winter for another six weeks.
Actually, shadow or no, it’ll be 48 more days of winter, not six weeks (I checked to see when the Equinox occurs).
But today, Jan. 30, is just as important a date as Feb. 2.
In 1648, Netherlands and Spain signed a treaty — Peace of Munster — ending the Thirty Years War, a terribly destructive series of conflict in Europe that resulted in over 10 million deaths.
It was a war to end all wars and its end brought forth an era of peace that reigned throughout Europe for years and years and years.
Well, of course, there was that little skirmish between Portugal and Spain (Restoration War) for another 20 years. And then another 22 years of killing during the Anglo-Dutch War.
Ah! But then there was peace!