Historical (in)justice

Where does it all begin? History has no beginnings, for everything that happens becomes the cause or pretext for what happens afterwards, and this chain of cause and pretext stretches back to the paleolithic age, when the first Cain of one tribe murdered the first Abel of another. …there is therefore an infinite chain of blame that winds its circuitous route back and forth across the path and under the feet of every people and every nation, so that a people who are the victims of one time become the victimizers a generation later…

–Louis de Bernieres, Birds Without Wings

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