|Standing, as I do, in the view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness toward anyone. - Edith Cavell 1865-1915 (Spoken to the chaplain who attended her before her execution by firing squad, 12 Oct. 1915.)|
Russia, a land of great wonder and mystery to most people. To those who will learn, it is a land of great beauty and shaped by fascinating history. It has been nurtured by culture which has given the world some of its greatest literature, art, and music. Populated by some of the world's brightest and most capable citizens, Russia is filled with a generous and warm hearted people who have much to offer this global community.
America, also a land of great mystery to many, also has great intelligence, capability, warmth, and generosity.
Enemies for so many years, these two nations now have the opportunity to take the same resources (energy and determination which yielded the capacity to destroy our very world), to become friends and partners in a more constructive endeavor.
"Friends and Partners," the name of this new service, is our effort to take this powerful information tool we call the "Internet" and use it as a vehicle for introducing our peoples to each other. No political agendas allowed! We hope to do something far more important than debate contemporary political and economic issues. Namely, to encourage understanding of each other, to promote learning about our cultures, and to introduce friends. With understanding and friendship, the experience and assistance we can offer each other on 'things political' will come.
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