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At the same time, with the Hungarian situation in mind, Mao was concerned to show the Chinese people he accepted the existence of contradictions in China's communist project (which the Hungarian communist leadership had failed to do in its abject kneeling before the USSR), while mitigating or even denying the possible mutation in China of these contradictions into outright antagonisms (which had of course reached the point of explosion in Hungary).
But many believe we are actually witnessing a new form of antagonism, one that demands new modes of solidarity.
But if he had lived long enough to witness it today, he would be manifestly affirmed in his observations about our pro-colonial dispensation, our built-in contradictions and antagonisms. I wish I was as articulate as that revered teacher because I would have to follow suit anyway, hoping for a powerful and consistent articulation of our historical truth, the beautiful and the ugly of it, so that our younger generations can, at least, move away from mistakes we never learned.
"The region is a set of sub-regions, made up of state-to-state antagonisms, territorial disputes and feuds."
Another way to put it is that antagonisms between east and west developed over millennia of interactions as different peoples passed over and conquered the lands between Europe and Asia.
"It is not as large as Northern Ontario, but certainly subject to the same kind of sense of difference and, at times, frictions and even antagonisms between different parts of the region I was working in."
After 12 years of civil war, a group of Muslim and Christian Lebanese have worked through their antagonisms and bitter memories to a point where they can express publicly their shame and pain and subsequent forgiveness and healing.
He discusses the commonalities of the relationship as much as the antagonisms; and his treatment is invariably much nuanced.
In 1968, Johnson declared, "the old antagonisms which we call the `Cold War' must fade--and I believe they will 'fade under stable, enlightened leadership."
During the Cold War, well-publicized antagonisms between East and West dictated that the United Nations not be able to establish its own permanent UN military operations.
This meant that conflicts over military and foreign policy raised the stakes of liberal-socialist antagonisms in Germany more often and more intensely than in Sweden.
* Micah Sifry covers the recent Green Party convention in Philadelphia and finds that the party faces a tough future unless it jettisons old antagonisms and focuses on bread-and-butter local issues like living-wage campaigns and anti-gentrification fights.