I am of Okinawan descent and many of my relatives, through marriage, are Sicilian with a sprinkling of northern Italian. Okinawa and Sicily are both areas that were taken over by bigger countries, Japan and Italy, respectively. I hope one day both islands get their independence back. In Japan, my grandfather, an Okinawan, was treated like a second class citizen so he moved to America where he reached success that would not have been possible in Japan. Some in Japan still think there is not full equality for the Okinawans of today. Also where I live is an area with a lot of Sicilians and I got to hear about the annexation by Italy in the late 1800s, and to this day, they are treated like a conquered territory. At the local European cafe in town, the northern Italians sit at one table and the Sicilians at another table, even though most were born in America and in some cases had parents born here. The peace won't happen, even with these American citizens, until a real independence is reached. Of course, there are other areas of the world, a Palestinian state within Israel and Northern Ireland, which come to mind first.