Will their sacrifice be in vain?

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

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On June 6, we observed 75 years since D-day, the battle of Normandy Beach, where thousands of our idealistic, heroic young people died in defense of democracy, justice and freedom for all under the rule of law.

Nazi Germany, led by Hitler, had a determination to rule the world by cleansing it of non-whites, the handicapped, homosexuals and Semitic people. In Hitler's authoritarian view, a "pure, white, superior" race would establish a "perfect" society. This dictatorship had to be destroyed.

My college fiancé was one of those brave, patriotic Americans who volunteered to oppose the injustice and cruelty against humanity that the Nazis represented. This war, World War II, was known as the "war to end all wars," and end (for all time) dictatorships.

Instead, we have learned that greed, hate, and desire for power continues and so do the battles to save humanity and democracy.

How sad I am today as I contemplate that all the loss of life seems "wasted." I never dreamed we would have to endure an authoritarian president who does not treasure our democracy and defies our rules of law. Our constitution is of no value to President Trump.

If history has taught us nothing else, it has alerted us to be constantly vigilant in guarding our democracy. We Americans must now, more than ever before, "fight" on the battleground of righteousness. It is our "beachhead" and we owe it to our heroes, past and present.

Harriet Hausman

River Forest

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Wes Gathings  

Posted: July 1st, 2019 6:20 AM

Mr. Smith I find it despicable the way you address a woman old enough to have had a fiancee that volunteered for WWII. Using your rationale I suggest you not speak on why servicemembers died in WWII since it is clear you are not one of them. There are documented account of men fighting and dying in WWII to be considered men and gain a better status for their race. If you think you would raise all of these men from the grave and they would all agree with you and none with the writer I find that silly and ridiculous. Guess what? Some would love the president and some would despise him. You don't want the writer speaking for others try following your own advice.

Steven Marks  

Posted: July 1st, 2019 1:35 AM

They also sacrificed their lives to ensure that you have the right to publicly state your opinion, no matter how ignorant or false. What is disgraceful is American Jews equating the most pro-Israel president in decades (who has an orthodox Jewish daughter and grandchildren) with Hitler and comparing border detention facilities with concentration camps while having supported the former pres, who was clearly anti- Israel and friends with numerous anti-semites such as Farrakhan. If Trump was such an authoritarian as you claim, why hasn't he just built the wall, repealed the ACA, ignored Supreme court rulings and jailed reporters> If you are so concerned about a nation of laws, please contact the mayor and insist that he tell the police to cooperate with immigration officials to deport illegal immigrants who are openly defying existing deportation notices

John Smith  

Posted: June 27th, 2019 1:12 AM

Just so you are aware, the US isn't a democracy, it is a constitutional republic. He may be very easy to dislike, but President Trump was in fact democratically elected. The WWII service members also didn't die to fuel a far left wing totalitarian agenda that the Democratic Party is trying so hard to push upon the American People. It's quite dispicable that how you are using their sacrifice to make a highly flawed and hypocritical argument. If you haven't served overseas you really aren't in a position to make any claim about it. I'm not going to say that I am the number 1 fan of President Trump, but to suggest the alternative offered by the "progressive" left is any different is just laughable.

Greg Mitchell  

Posted: June 26th, 2019 2:43 PM

I do not questions the writer, or the writer's fiance's dedication and sacrifice. I only point out that "The War to End All Wars" was WWI and did not involve any Nazis.

Michael Nevins  

Posted: June 26th, 2019 1:08 PM

I'm confused by this statement from the writer: "Nazi Germany, led by Hitler, had a determination to rule the world by cleansing it of non-whites...." Really? I thought it was an Aryan/Germanic thing and not "non-white." I'm fairly certain that Poland, France, The Netherlands, England, etc. were not then "non-white." Why did he kill so many of them? Who were the main allies of Herr Hitler? I believe it was the non-Aryan countries of Italy and Japan, but my WW2 parents are no longer with me and so I can't ask them. The writer WAS there and so I defer to her and not the history books. I also read that the non-Aryan Palestinians also supported Germany (they hated the Jews and the British). What was the pigment of 100% of the people who landed on June 6? This leads to a deeper historical question: should the people who are descendants of the Union soldiers who fought/died/wounded in the Civil War be expected to also pay reparations? I honestly believed that I had a fairly clear understanding of history, but I guess that I didn't. I also believed that it was WW1 that was considered "as the 'war to end all wars," but I am not able to ask my WW1 grandfather if this is true and so I again defer to the writer. What concerns me today? People who judge people almost solely by the color of their skin. But I digress......

Tom Tarrant  

Posted: June 26th, 2019 7:02 AM

Thank you for reminding everyone of the the sacrifices of our "Greatest Generation" My Grandmother turned 100 in May and is still sharp as a tack. Her life story including the war and depression years humble me.

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