Monday, the 17th aniversary of the Summit at Fleur d’Eau, Geneva where Reagan and Gorbachev met in a unpresidented meeting lasting a couple of hours longer than the scheduled ten minute one-on-one. Here, with the outside silence only broken by the chiming church bells, came the start of the end of the Cold War and the USSR.

“If we choose one out of a number of equally good clocks, we may find that the universe is progressing as fast as the most optimistic American thinks it is; if we choose another equally good clock, we may find that the universe is going as fast as the most melancholy Slav could imagine. Thus optimism and pessimism are neither true nor false, but depend on the choice of clocks.”

Bertrand Russell’s ABC of Relativity As quoted by Edmund Morris in Dutch

Should the flags be flying?

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