WWII

Hacksaw Ridge
Because Courage Comes in Different Kinds

A review of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge

“The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942” by Nigel Hamilton

Hamilton’s version of history is appealing to American ears, especially to FDR fans.

The Kiss & 9-11

Greta Zimmer Friedman, the 21 year old dental assistant reputedly the woman often mistaken for a nurse in the famous August 14, 1945 V-J Day photos, has died at age 92. The scene, long known as The Kiss, shows her with a young sailor, who apparently was kissing women at random in Times Square as part of the spontaneous, raucous celebration in Times Square.

An Assassinated Nazi & a Church Martyr

Americans who, as they watch their giant screen televisions or drive their SUVs to the Outback for dinner, complain about…

Nazi-Soviet Conflagration

June 22 marked the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German invasion of the Soviet Union, code named Operation Barbarossa, which was the most murderous conflict in human history.

Strategic bombing during WWII.
Hiroshima & the Dilemma of Force Protection

The observance of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has garnered reflection, especially about the nature of apologies.