With the incessant coverage of the Royal Wedding, it's strange to think that there were times when wars were averted through marriages of this type. (It's like salt. Wars over salt? Really?!! I mean, I like salt as much as the next guy, but come on. Guess I'll have to read this book. And I suppose that in a few hundred years people may say the same thing about oil.)
Anyway, it's too bad that we still don't use the occasional arranged marriage as a national olive branch. Imagine all the loss of life and wealth that could have been avoided if President Bush had just married off his twins to Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. And just imagine the reunions!