It won’t be many more years until there will be no living witnesses of the Holocaust. Those who know the Korean War as first-hand experience isn’t far behind. Viet Nam is fading too.
It is an eternal, horrible reality that the damage from wars does not end with the last shot – no matter who the “victor” was. The bitter consequences from The American Civil War plague us today. A century and a half after Lee surrendered, the North and South remain unreconciled.
Lincoln was assassinated on the eve of the Civil War’s conclusion. He intended to bring the county together; “With malice toward none, and charity to all”. His greatness could have achieved it. His murder was a major tragedy of history.