In Casablanca, the Nazi's are singing their anthem and Victor Lazlo tells the band to play Le Marseilles, the French National Anthem. The reaction of the crowd at Rick's is electric.
But that's not my favorite part.
My favorite part is about 55 seconds into the clip--where the German anthem and the French Anthem combine to form a perfect harmony. I think it was the director's way of saying that peace could be possible. Harmony could be possible.
But it took an act of terror to accomplish it.
For those who forget their history, Germany and France are enemies. They reached a detente in the last few decades, but there is a lot of bad blood there.
If you click here you'll find the Brandenburg Gate in Germany lit up with the colors of the French flag to show their solidarity with France.
I'm sure that's not what ISIS intended--but it is what happened. And it gives me hope. That in the depths of war--harmony is possible. In horrific acts there is the consequence that two historic enemies can embrace.