No, I haven’t started reading Leo Tolstoy’s 1200+ page classic by that name published in 1869 ; in fact, I’m just winding up my 700+ pg biography of General MacArthur, which has been a real eye opener for me. Along with his universally acclaimed military genius, Mac Arthur had an insatiable appetite for public acclaim and headlines. Thank God for the war that he and his cohorts won and the peace that ensued….for awhile.
Just as I started reading the book, Netflix released a new docuseries called World War II in Color covering the prelude to, and the major battles of WW II. It is really well done with colorized footage that turned out amazingly well along with up to date narration that is easy to follow and very well balanced politically in my opinion. My son and I watched the entire series of thirteen episodes last week while my wife was still gone on her mission trip; perhaps that will be next week’s column.
WW II was six years of unspeakable terror on a global scale and full of atrocities on all sides. The colorized footage, while it made it easier to watch, did not glamorize the war in any way nor should any recounting of war in any format. We here in the west are so fortunate to have lived in relative peace on our soil during our entire lifetime as seniors; the only real exceptions being the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese in December 1941 and the 9/11 attacks by Al Qaeda on The World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the thwarted attempt on Washington that crashed in Shanksville, PA due to the heroic efforts of its passengers to overcome the hijackers.
But as bad as these events were in our homeland , they pale in comparison to the horrors that engulfed the globe in more than 50 countries on every continent except Antarctica in WW II.
Looking back, WW I was a war of relatively fixed trench warfare; WW II was a war of rapid mobility on land , sea and in the air. But looking forward, may God forbid a WW III, if it happens, it will probably involve space-launched weaponry of some sort. For this reason I am so thankful that our President has taken the initiative to start a new branch of our military: The Space Force. I hope they will never be called upon to defend us but we have no choice; we must prepare because our adversaries, especially China, already are.
However, as important as it is to prepare militarily for those kinds of threats, my hope and peace do not depend on our military, not even the Space Force. No, My hope is built on nothing less than “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding”….., that peace “shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). After all, He is the one who created the heavens and the earth in the first place and in the end, only He can assure our peace.
Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!
Bill Milby is a Director of Visiting Angels® of Central Georgia, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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