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Nov. 11 is the 100th anniversary of the end of “the war to end all wars,” World War I, when the Armistice Treaty was signed on Nov. 11, 1918.

A history buff told me that if the American “doughboys” hadn’t been sent by President Woodrow Wilson to fight the Germans, the war would have ended sooner, in a truce, as the British, French and Germans had shot it out to a standstill.

The draconian stipulations of Wilson’s “14 Points” caused rampant unemployment and runaway inflation in the post bellum Weimar Republic of Germany, heading to the great German grudge, the vise of the Nazis, World War II and the Holocaust.

Nov. 11 is also the 14th anniversary of the passing of Yasser Arafat, longtime leader of the PLO, the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

Arafat was a civil engineer who became a great negotiator and moderator, who sought the peaceful coexistence of all people in the holy land, respected by peace-minded Muslims, Christians and Jews. “Blessed are the peacemakers?” as Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount.

Lee Onishuk,


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