Recently, President Obama was criticized in Spain because of his words about the example of harmony in coexistence during the Caliphate of Al-Andalus and the horrors of the Inquisition not knowing apparently that this last events of the inquisition happened centuries after the rule of the “mores”. There are a lot of spaniards who have been educated in the history of Al Andalus and the Cordoba Caliphate as an invasion by the “mores” who they through away in a series of heroical wars. And now they see with distrust how rich arabs are buying properties and lands in the south of the country because it seems that they have the idea of restore the Caliphate with a subtle new kind of “invasion”: bags of money instead of arms. They -the arabs- have the money, they’ll have the power if they want it.
I think that President Obama has to be careful and study very well the sensibilities of the countries in Europe, and look for good advisers. Centuries passed, but wounds stayed. More tan wounds, i’d said very deep traces in the culture of the people, not so easy to avoid.
And now is the hour of the Turks, a very important people and country, that has to count for the peace in the Middle East and Europe. But half of Europe wouldn’t hear talking about the former empire as an example of coexistence. Please, Mr President. To much wars, too much blood has the name of turkey on the history of many countries in Central Europe. Is better let the past alone.
Europe is very complicated, is not easy to understand from the US. The US is an Inclusive Country. You arrive and you are American. Europe is an exclusive continent. You are french, or Spaniard or British… or nothing. And then they came this immigrants who are arabs or africans or south americans, at least for two or three generations or more. I have a personal story. My mother arrived to the country where I live more than 50 years ago and almost lose the pension as a widow when my father (also a “foreigner”) died because of a paper my parents didn’t have in Spanish order, because they got married outside Spain, in Croatia. And that, after 50 years in the country.
Now things are changing, because when my parents arrived here they were almost alone. Now, the immigrants are a lot of people and they have organizations to defend their rights in Spain.
Well, Let’s leave the past alone and go do de future. I was expecting that from Obama, Learn from the past, yes, but careful, don’t awake too much wounds. Look forward go to the future, the past has done to much damage.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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