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6 TUESDAY, JUNE 9 - THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015 Cape Gazette Letters )) Heeding the lessons of war",n Flood column In his June 2 column, Don Flood writes about heeding the lessons of past wars. War is one of the most solemn actions a society can take, and learning lessons from them is paramount to civilization's survival; espe- cially in light of each successive war becoming an increasingly deadlier threat to mankind than the last. But also significant to soci- ety is protecting its freedoms. When a perceived threat to those freedoms catches our attention, when two or more philosophies or civilizations clash, and when all diplomatic negotiations are exhausted, a fight to the finish becomes inevitable, whatever the consequences. This has been the history of mankind, and despite social engineering, it is unlikely to change. Even now as we speak, we are already engaged in the next war, between our western civiliza- tion, and the new axis of evil: the teaming up of socialists, the UN, humanists, and Islam, as well as their advocates and dupes within our own country. Call me para- noid, but better paranoid than unaware. Wars are messy, and never go according to plan; many are killed and wounded on both sides. But that seems to be the only solution when given a choice of liberty and self-deter- mination, or enslavement and dependency. When the 9/11 attack occurred, A1 Q aeda/Islam had been at war with the U.S. for 20 years; at least 13 major attacks, including the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, '83 Ma- rine Barracks in Beirut, '88 Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, '93 first bombing of WTC, and Black Hawk Down in Somalia, and in 2000, the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. Clinton swatted at them with a few ineffective cruise missiles. That's 20 years of coddling and appeasement. Should we have effectively ignored them, like Clinton? Or do what Obama has been doing; apology tours, bowing to Saudi kings, deposing dictators, leaving the Middle East a vacuum by pulling everyone out, playing nice and hoping they will calm down and leave us alone, and treat Islamic terrorists as crimi- nals and grant them constitution- al rights as if they were Ameri- can citizens? Six more years of coddling and appeasement. As I consider this, I realize that it fol- lows Democrat's domestic policy of delaying till the last minute, and then hurriedly managing a crisis! Looks to me that Democrat so- lutions or alternatives to war are worse than Republican solutions. Don focuses on one of the left's favorite punching bags, Iraq and Continued on page 7 hgement reserves the right eck your food photos for , color and composition before posting to Facebook. / J Editorial )) ...... Delaware's favorite son laid to rest I n a heartfelt eulogy at former Attorney General Beau Biden's funeral, President Barack Obama quoted Vice President Joe Biden's mother, who always said out of every bad that happens, you can fred some- thing good if you look hard enough. Delaware did not have to look very hard to find something good in the death of its favor- ite politician. Those who attended the service or watched or listened from afar or who later caught up electronically could not help but be moved by the strong bonds and compassion of the Biden family, shining through even in their moment of profound grief. The president struck a deeply personal note, recalling Beau's mighty heart, his determination to earn his own way and his humility. At the same time, he spoke of the ways Beau served and inspired others. In his description of Beau, the president called on us to be inspired: to be a better parent, a better citizen, a person who strives to make life bet- ter for the next generation. Speaking moments after the president yet not in his shadow was Ashley Biden, Bean's sister, who told stories that revealed the Biden family's reliance on one another in good times and bad. She was followed by brother Hunter, who described two hospital rooms that would bookend his memories of Beau, first as a tod= dler waking up, beside Beau after a car crash, and later at Bean's bedside, holding his hand till the very end. The unspoken message of both siblings was that all we have is each other, and we must work hard to give each other our very best. It was a ceremony marked by simplicity and open hearts. But for at least a moment, open hearts silenced political bickering across Dela- ware and across the nation. Republicans and conservatives of every stripe, at the state and national level, including many people from Sussex County, ioined with the Biden family to honor the child it has lost. Political rancor will likely resurface again today or this week, but for one brief shining moment, the Bidens, Delaware and perhaPs a watching nation could feel and know what it is like to join together and together seek a brighter path forward. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Pleasekeep letters to 650 words or fewer~ We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, / PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 1995B; fax 645-1664; or email news- room@capegazette.com. Web Poll )) Most responders say hands off pools Should Rehoboth limit how many swimming pools there are? RON KRAJEWSKI works to to keep an breeze on Lewes Beach. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO umbrella from flying away in a strong Yes, too many 12.3% No, butt out 65.3% Noise is the issue 22.4% )) For local weather, including highsand 10ws seepage 47 The total of votes counted was 594. To participate in the current web poll, go to CapeGazette.com. Cape Gazette Volume 22 No. 4 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dennisforney@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette corn Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 laura@capegazette.com Associate Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette com Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 bernie@capegazette corn NEWS Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette,com Nick Roth, Ext. 317 nickro th@capegazette.com Melissa Steele, Ext. 336 melissasteele@capegazette.com Chris Flood, Ext. 335 cflood@capegazette com Meddy Lauria, Ext. 321 Inaddy@ca~gazette.com Molly MacMillan mollymac@capegazette corn SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seasfiorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@HoleByHole com CONTRIBUTORS Nathalie Willard Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEB MANAGER Catherine M. 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