Historical parallels are futile, Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius believes

Drawing parallels between the present and the past is common practice in Lithuania, a tendency Journalist Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius criticises on the web portal Delfi:

“We compare 2014 with 1914 when Europe sank into the flames of the First World War. When we follow the events in eastern Ukraine we remember how in 1940 we were unable to offer armed resistance to the Soviet Union. And when we talk about the demands of the Polish minority to have street names [in places heavily populated by Poles] written in Polish, someone always reminds us of the occupation of the Vilnius area [by Poland] in the interwar period. … This inherited past sometimes helps us to understand the events and threats of the present. But far more often it prevents us from having a clearer perspective of the future. It’s like an old house in which old clothes that are too small, toys from childhood and old and useless devices have gathered and are taking up all the space. “