Two thoughts for this day, on which Europe commemorates the sacrifices of millions during the first half of the last century, to defend the continent from the oppression of dictators.
As luck would have it, today is also a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Last night Germany celebrated the most important moment in its postwar history, what Angela Merkel called the "miracle" which signalled the end of Communism and Russian's hitherto-unquestioned domination of Eastern Europe.
Meanwhile, the Russian tanks rumble into Ukraine's Luhansk province, unhindered by any meaningful sanction by a Europe and America hobbled by their own isolationism; tanks put there by a leader who now claims the partition of Poland between the Soviets and the Nazis was justified.
How short our memories.