“Those who ignore the past are taking the risk to relive it.”

Read this article:  Obama plays up US-Europe bond amid Russia tension

What is the main idea?

Who says the quote above and to what is he referring?  Why?

What is your favorite quote from the article and why?

19 Responses so far.

  1. Alyssa Wang says:

    The main idea is that President Obama and European Union leaders are opposed to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. They are unified to ensure peace even in high tensions and will isolate Russia if necessary. Di Rupo said the quote above, he means that if we don’t think about the past we might make the same mistakes we did in the past. He is talking about past wars but specifically World War One. My favorite quote in this article is “The lessons of that war speak to us still” because it’s very true and I think it’s the reason why Obama visited the World War One Flanders Field American Cemetery because it is a reminder and a lesson to what happens when people are at war.

  2. Benjamin J. Austin says:

    I believe that the cooperation between the United States and the European Union is key to solve the Crimean crisis. These meetings can only bring about a greater unity between the U.S. and Europe. We can be well assured that the U.S. and E.U. coalition will be backing Ukraine through this entire breach of peace. As the saying goes “United we stand, divided we fall” we must stand together, as one. We must prevent further places like Flanders Fields, Ypres, Bastogne and many more. Our freedom has been earned, now we must help others keep it.

  3. Lara says:

    The main idea of this article is that the European Union and the United States need to strengthen their relationship to prevent Russia from doing more unlawful things. The Belgium Prime Minister Di Rupo said “Those who ignore the past are taking the risk to relive it.” He says that because in the past when countries have unlawfully annexed land it has led to war. My favorite quote was “To all who sleep here, we can say we caught the torch, we kept the faith.” This is my favorite quote because it shows that Obama has faith in our country. Obama was telling everyone that we are committed to democracy and making the world a better place! I think this is a really important message and I am glad that the US and the UN agree.

  4. Julia Ziaee says:

    The main idea of this article is that the United States and the European Union are strengthening their bond to aide Crimea/Ukraine in their time of need. Russia’s annexation of Crimea has caused the United States and the European Union to potentially isolate Russia. In the quote that Di Rupo said, he was trying to make the point that we need to consider the responsibilities of our actions, and use the mistakes we have made in the past to help guide us with our actions in the present. The quote that stood out to me in the article was “We must commit perennially to peace, which binds us across oceans.” I like this quote because it is promoting peaceful relations throughout countries that are willing to do so. It also shows that the United States is willing to be peaceful, and will support and aid those whom are willing to as well. I am very pleased that the United States and the European Union agree on the situation, and are willing to work together.

  5. Emilie Apel says:

    The main idea of this article is that the U.S and the European Union have reached out to Russia to strengthen bond. They are doing this to help Crimea and the Ukraine during the crisis that is happening. The prime minister of Belgium Di Rupo said the quote above. I think he is trying to say that if we ignore the past then the same issues and conflicts might happen again but if you learn from the past then the issues and conflicts are less likely to happen. My favorite quote from the article is “The situation in Ukraine remindes us our freedom isn’t free.” I like this quote because it is saying that even though we, as countries, have freedom we still sometimes have that freedom taken away from us. I think the European Union and the U.S are doing the right thing by coming together to help the countries in need.

  6. Lindsay says:

    1)What is the main idea?
    -Obama and the EU agree about what is going on in Russia and Crimea. It is disliked, and they refuse to accept that Crimea is now part of Russia.

    2)Who says the quote above and to what is he referring? Why?
    -Obama
    – The quote is referring to the World Wars and it is stating that if you ignore something that happened and why, it could happen again by doing one thing wrong, or repeating the thing that caused it all.

    3)What is your favorite quote from the article and why?
    -“We must commit perennially to peace, which binds us across oceans.” -Barack Obama
    – It is my favorite quote, as it shows that he is favoring peace over everything else, and that he will go far to keep it that way.

  7. Sophie Osada says:

    The main idea of this article is the U.S. and Europe have come together and disapprove of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. They said that Russia has been threatened to become even more isolated from the U.S. and Europe due to its annexation of Crimea. “Those who ignore the past are taking the risk to relive it,” is what Prime Minister of Belgium Elio Rupo said at Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial. He is referring to World War I, but also to wars in general, saying how if you look at the past and choose to disregard it, pay no attention to it, then it will happen again. So, if Russia does not learn from what happened a hundred years ago, then there will be conflict. “We must commit perennially to peace, which binds us across oceans,” Obama said, is my favorite quote from the article. I like it because it talks about how we all must strive for peace and make sure it is lasting, and that peace will unite us all. Peace is what we need right now.

  8. Ivy Smith says:

    The main idea in this article was that Europe and the U.S. are going to work together more than they did before so that they can further isolate Russia. The article also talks about how World War 1 showed us many lessons that we need to learn from to prevent anything like this or like what happened in Syria from happening again. The quote above was said by Elio Di Rupo, the Belgian Prime Minister. I think that he is trying to say that if we don’t try to learn from our mistakes, then they will be repeated. He is most likely referring to the lessons we should have learned from World War 1, that might have prevented this or what happened in Syria. My favorite quote was, “This visit, this hallowed ground, reminds us that we must never ever take our progress for granted,” said by Barack Obama. I think that this quote reminds us that even though it looks like this situation hasn’t improved from the last situation like this, the world is improving in other ways that we might not notice.

  9. Alex Byrd says:

    The main idea of this article is that The United States and the European Union are working together to stop Russia from annexing Crimea from Ukraine. The US and EU agreed to isolate Russia if needed. Elio Di Rupo is referring to the past world wars because he feels that if we do not take action and recall the lessons that we learned from World War I and II, we may be reliving the past in the coming future. Obama said: “If Russian leader thought they could drive a wedge between Europe and the United States they clearly miscalculated.” I like this quote because I like how President Obama is being strong and standing tall through this situation because Russia is trying to bully Ukraine and the United States a little.

  10. Daniel Lozon says:

    By trying to stop Russia from annexing Crimea, the United States and the European have teamed up. They claimed they would isolate Russia if necessary.

    “Those who ignore the past are taking the risk to relive it.” Di Rupo was referring to previous wars, mainly the World Wars. He was stating that if we don’t look back into the past, we will continue to make the same mistakes again and again until we do.

    My favorite quote from the article is “The situation in Ukraine reminds us that our freedom isn’t free.” by Obama. I personally like this because it shows us that we sometimes have to fight for our freedom, that isn’t always easy. It also reminds us how lucky we are to be living in a country where things (such as what is happening in Ukraine) don’t happen here.

  11. Eashwar M. says:

    The main idea of this article is that President Obama and the EU dislike how Russia is trying to annex Crimea. They have decided to team up to stop Russia and punish them by sanctioning and isolating Russia. Di Rupo is going back to the 2 world wars everyone went through. He knows that is anything gets too aggressive and conflicts arise, that we could have yet another world war. He’s basically saying that we shouldn’t ignore the world wars that have happened because then you are relying on there to not be a war. My favorite quote in the article is from Obama. “We must commit perennially to peace, which binds us across oceans.” I really like this quote because he’s just arrived at the cemetery and he realizes just how bad war can be and he knows that everyone needs to keep peaceful because you can see just how devastating war has been. All in all, this quote from Obama shows just how important it is to maintain peace and prevent war.

  12. Mick Herrin says:

    I am sort of confused by some parts of this article, but i understand the overall idea. The main idea of the article is that President Obama, as well as European leaders are very dissapointed in Russia for their annexation of Crimea, and they definitely are opposing it. Obama met with some of the European leaders, and they agreed that if Russia keeps it up, then the isolation will only deepen, and Obama said “coordination between the U.S. and Europe on economic sanctions against Russia has been excellent”. This means that Russia could be punished for what they are doing if they manage to do more. Elio Di Rupo quoted, “Those who ignore the past are taking the risk to relive it.” By this, he means that if we don’t look back to what has happened in the past such as major wars like World War 2, and even other minor ones, then we will not learn of the causes and how to avoid this conflict. Even if we do look back on history but we ignore it, then another war is right around the corner. My favorite quote from the article is, “Van Rompuy called for ‘equal treatment of E.U. and U.S. citizens.'” It is a smaller quote, but it means a lot. Even for other situations, we want everybody to be treated equally.

  13. Anja says:

    I think that the main idea is that Obama is trying to appear stronger to the Ukraine and Russia by renewing old alliances. Obama wants the EU to help him help the Ukraine. But Obama doesn’t want to be a target for Russia. The quote is saying that we need to learn from our mistakes, and not repeat them. If we know our bad side of history, and we know what caused it, then we can prevent it from happening again. My favorite quote is: ‘”This visit, this hallowed ground, reminds us that we must never ever take our progress for granted,” Obama said. “We must commit perennially to peace, which binds us across oceans.”‘ I like this quote because, it shows that the US is striving for peaceful relationships in the long run, and that we honor past battles fought for freedom; we need to keep sustaining and helping others (mainly Ukraine right now) get to that freedom.

  14. Maeher Chawla says:

    The main idea of this article is that the US and Europe are trying to stop Russia from annexing Crimea from Ukraine. The US and Europe continue to do so, even after Russia tried meddling with their bond. The quote above is of Di Rupo who referred to a war 100 years ago. He believes in what he said because he is trying to prevent new conflicts and to use the lesson given 100 years ago. My favorite quote of the article is the same one above that was said by Di Rupo because I am able to relate to being in this situation quite well and have been in that situation several times. Frankly, I agree with Di Rupo as the second time around, there was no improvement, it was just a repeat of conflict.

  15. Erik Amico says:

    The main idea is that both Obama and the European Union leaders have agreed that Russia taking over Crimea was a bad thing. Elio Di Rupo said “Those who ignore the past are taking the risk to relive it.”. He meant that if we do not learn from our mistakes, problems will keep happening. He said this mostly because he thinks that eventually we will start another World War by doing the same things that started the last ones. My favourite quote from the article is “The situation in Ukraine reminds us that our freedom isn’t free.”. This is my favorite quote because it can be taken two ways, one in which it probably was not intended. It could be understood as that the US pays for a lot of wars and other laws that keep us free. It also could be understood as that the citizens have to fight for their rights because our “freedom” is not actually freedom, but it is a right to be able to fight to be free.

  16. Emmy S. says:

    The main idea of this article is that in order to place a barrier between Russia and their plans of annexing Crimea, the U.S. and the European Union must join forces. This is all they can do to aid Crimea, Ukraine and to stop Russia from pursuing this annexation. If situations got out of hand, they agreed on isolating Russia completely. Belgium’s prime minister Di Rupo wrote the quote above, “Those who ignore the past are taking the risk to relieve it.” In my opinion, he is stating that if a person doesn’t learn from their past mistakes, it won’t take much for them to fall into that same deep pit. I think that Di Rupo is referring to World War I and World War II. If we take note of what caused these wars, then it’ll be easy to prevent them from reoccurring. A quote from the article that really stuck out to me was, “The situation in Ukraine reminds us that our freedom isn’t free.” Obama said this. I like this quote because of how true it really is. There is a cost to pay for freedom and it’s not always cheap. Sometimes it requires a team to help break up the conflict. This is why the European Union agreed to team up with the U.S.

  17. admin says:

    The main idea of this article is USA and the European Union are cooperating with one another in order to stop the crisis in Crimea. They are willing to isolate Russia, if it means stopping the annexation and leaving Crimea in peace.

    Di Rupo stated the quote above, and he is referring to all the decision makers of each country. He wants them to take a look at history’s huge problems, and learn from them to prevent similar dilemmas in the future.

    My favorite quote was stated by Obama: “The situation in Ukraine reminds us that our freedom isn’t free.” This quote tells us that there are huge problems going on around the world, and everybody has to fight for their freedom. The USA and European Union are trying to help Crimea accomplish this. Kevin D.

  18. Joshua Frahm says:

    I Think the main topic of this article is that Russia should not annex Cimeria from Ukraine and the EU and the USA will work together to prevent it from happening as an example already isolating Russia as much as they can.

    My faviorite quote from the article is “The situation in Ukraine reminds us that our freedom isnt free” and this qoute displays that freedom is never for free and that in order to get it u must fight for it or gain just like in the world wars freedom was fought for

  19. Jagpar Singh says:

    The main idea is that the UN and the US are joined and are working together to resolve this conflict. It is that Russia cannot take control over other countries and that Europe and America are joined against Russia.
    Elio Di Rupo said that and in my opinion he sent three messages. He said that we should study what happened before and learn why it happened and what the outcome was. We should also study present so we know what is happening now also. At the same time we should relate what happened before and what is happening now so we do not make the same mistake.
    My favorite quote is when President Obama says “We must commit perennially to peace, which binds us across oceans.”. This is telling us that we should devote ourselves to reaching and maintaining peace. If we do that then we shall be together even with oceans between us.

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