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Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

Time Event
Back before lefty ideas of war
The Longest Day was the first of a war that lasted for 45 years
By Kevin Myers
(Filed: 30/05/2004)

Sixty years ago, most of the landmass of the Eurasian continent and its
attendant islands was in thrall to totalitarian dictatorships. Freedom had
retreated to the Anglophone societies of Britain, its Empire and Commonwealth,
and its former colony the United States. In the history of the world, there has
never been such a titanic contest to the death between two sets of values: the
free, common-law societies of the English-speaking peoples against an entire
continent of various dictatorships with their hundreds of millions of
regimented slaves.
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But the primary price in Normandy 60 years ago was of people. Sydney Jary, in
the book 18 Platoon, his account of his time in Normandy, relates how a private
in the Somerset Light Infantry was shot in the chest at Hill 112, south of
Caen, the bullet detonating an explosive phosphorus grenade in a pouch. Caught
on barbed wire, the soldier lay disembowelled for all to see, his writhing body
a smoking mass of burning phosphorus. Responding to his agonised screams to put
him out of his misery, his platoon commander shot him, as he thought, through
the heart.

" 'Not there, sir,' cried the young soldier, in a final frenzied plea. 'Through
the head.' The platoon commander obliged." The price of freedom.
Personal Appearance.
John C. Wright will give a reading from his newly-published fantasy work, LAST GUARDIAN OF EVERNESS at the South Street Seaport Museum Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street, New York City, NY, on Monday, June 14th, 7.00 PM. Doors open at 6.30. The event is hosted by the New York Review of Science Fiction. For details see http://www.hourwolf.com/nyrsf/

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