I was born too late to experience the horrors and deprivations of the first two World Wars (1914-18 and 1941-45).
But I’ve read enough history to realize that any talk about World War III must be serious–especially with nuclear weapons.
Since the recent killing of Qassem Soleimani, the terrorist head of the Iran’s elite Quds Force, some commentators have stated that Donald Trump brought us to the brink of World War III.
That would be ugly.
But I know of another World War III that could be far more devastating than atomic bombs…
You know the corollary: “is paved with good intentions.”
It is–but not always. This week saw another whopper of fake news when the New York Times published and later corrected an embarrassingly uncorroborated hit piece on Justice Brett Kavanaugh. That story was diabolical from the beginning.
It started with bad intentions.
But much evil is slyly perpetrated under the guise of compassion, the good of the people, the “arc of history” or simply good intentions.
We must understand this clever tactic on the road to hell–and avoid and expose it.
This week the U.S. House Judiciary Committee re-visited the issue of reparations for slavery. Most of the discussion–minus one brilliant presentation by the youngest African-American to testify–showed an abysmal ignorance of history and what we should learn from it.
As the lazy, hazy days of summer come upon us, I recommend to you my ten favorite history books.
You especially must not miss The Last History Book–and other summer reading.