Yes, Chris, the home of the free and the brave has be involved in many horrific actions, but most, unlike the American Civil War (see my book Apprentice Killers:The War of Lincoln and Davis)were not potentially fatal to the nation.

Allas, the hard reality is that America is subject to the basic law of the universe — probability balance. This law implies that all that is good and creative must at some point in time be offset by bad and destructive — balancing cycles.

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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