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Peace and Prosperity
The last time I wrote a letter to an editor was in 1969. Two items in the January 27 issue have now moved me to write again.

While fulfilling my duty to my country, I served as an unarmed combat medic (in the status of a conscientious objector) at the Berlin Wall, and I wrote an editor to defend the right of a war protester to speak his mind freely. Thank you for Victor Lee Austin’s review, “Peace and Principle.” It captured many of my struggles over the use of force and the power of forgiveness and the practical application of love. My pacifist leanings were forever challenged and changed by the father of Angela Merkel (yes, that Angela Merkel), who said I should look at the Wall and decide if there were some evils that required forceful action — not hate but a kind of principled resolve that this new book (In Defense of War, by Nigel Biggar) seems to support.     

February 24, 2014    |     Volume LXVI, No. 3

  • The Republican party is newly awash with ideas.
  • The EU discovers that it needs affordable energy.
  • Preschool advocates’ claims of success are based on faulty methodology.
  • Our financial regulations tend toward lesser clarity and greater expense.
  • An immigrant’s travails at the DMV.
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Lee Edwards reviews Living on Fire: The Life of L. Brent Bozell, by Daniel Kelly.
  • Bing West reviews Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, by Robert M. Gates.
  • Robert VerBruggen reviews The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, by Megan McArdle.
  • Ross Douthat reviews the two most striking Oscar snubs—Inside Llewyn Davis and All Is Lost.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses horse racing.
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