American heroes end wars

Editors, Washington Examiner

From Sherman’s March to D-Day, the United States Army has excelled at ending wars. But somehow, three presidents have failed to do the same in Afghanistan. There are parts of Afghanistan to which no occupation, no surge, no brilliant military strategy could bring a lasting peace. The U.S. could fight and keep killing insurgents there and never run out of money, weapons, or soldiers. But unending war isn’t what the U.S. military is made for. Ending wars is what we do best. It's what those heroes did 75 years ago today. And America's men and women in arms today deserve a mission that will give them the chance to do so in Afghanistan.

D-Day: June 6, 2044

The values that animated the English-speaking peoples to launch the Great Crusade General Eisenhower spoke of on June 6, 1944, are just as right and true today, as they were then. What is required is for us to have the same courage in defending them, because it is certain that if we do not, no one will be there to wade ashore in 2044 to liberate us.

‘The Longest Day,’ Revisited

William Murchison, The American Spectator

D-Day nostalgia — evidenced by all the excitement of the last reunion of the survivors — finds, it would seem, a secure place among the victims of the fear and explosive emotions of the past half-century when it became necessary, seemingly, to hate and despise fellow Americans, to detect on their garments the fumes of sulfur. Here’s to the boys of Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach and the whole panoply of destruction that lives in an admiration that gives hope of eventual recovery from the wasting disease of hatred. Oh, say, we can see — never mind the barriers so many work to place in our sightlines.

Honoring the fallen on D-Day 2018

Daniel Oliver, Washington Times

Our civilization, our European civilization, was shaped by Christianity, from whence came chivalry, courtesy, constitutions, congresses and courts. It is a life guided by traditions, which is to say, by the wisdom of our ancestors, who were every bit as bright as we are and who were also shaped and governed primarily by Christianity. Those rights and traditions can be enjoyed by non-believers, but it is not clear they can be sustained by non-believers. What to do? One action would be to re-invigorate the Christian tradition everywhere, failing which — if that is a bridge too far — at least to recognize the role it played in civilizing the civilized countries.