Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ending with a handshake

Via Solomonia comes this clip of the Pakistan-India border closing ceremony: a choreographed dance of soldiers in bizarre head gears strutting around, kicking their legs up high, deadly serious, and ending in a handshake before the gates from both sides slide shut.

There is not much love lost between Indians and Pakistanis but if they can translate ancient enmities into a kind of dance, march and trumpet ceremony, then I would say they probably can and do co-exist.

I look forward to the when similar ceremonies will take place between Israelis and Palestinians, symbolic of a deadly rivalry of a violent past but minus the actual violence and ending with a handshake.

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