Look, Umair, I love your analysis of events, but I wish you would stop painting this particular time in history as the most troubling ever. It isn’t by a mile. Such a perspective is egocentric in spades.

If you were an American between 1861 and 1865 the odds were overwhelming that either you or someone of your immediate family would soon be dead or seriously maimed . If you were a young male from any place on the globe between 1914 and 1918 chances were good that you would suffer a horrible, quite possibly slow, agonizing dead on some battlefield by bullet, bomb, gas, freezing to death, drowning in mud or dying of decease, after having first endured weeks or months of terror and pain. Being Jewish in Europe from 1933 to 1945 was to face almost certain starvation and bizarre forms of brutality before dying under the Nazi death machine. Being a Japanese civilian in 1945 was to experience massive firebombing raids and the horrors of nuclear attacks.

So actually, Umair, at present, as things can go, we are experiencing a rather mild historical period, until perhaps that idiot in the White House just happens to trigger WWIII, the mother of all death and destruction.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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