Monday, October 31, 2005

dresden church reopened

One piece of positive news out of the mass of scandal, war, ignorance, and stupidity that fills the White House and the press. The Dresden church reopened Sunday, 60 years after it was destroyed by the Royal Air Force in a still-controversial bombing raid. But there was no controversy in Dresden on Sunday, only reflection and celebration.

Assembled dignitaries including German President Horst Koehler, Britain's Duke of Kent, who played a key role in the drive for donations to rebuild the baroque masterpiece, and American and French representatives. A delegation from Coventry, England also participated in the ceremony. Coventry's medieval cathedral was also destroyed during the Second World War, and citizens of Coventry and Dresden have worked closely ever since promoting peace and reconciliation.