Category Archives: peace

The Peace Of Zion

Israeli leader Ariel Sharon’s life spanned the history of his country. He was born in Palestine and joined the Haganah at age 14 in 1942. The teenager fought during the partition of Palestine and later joined Unit 101, which specialized in cross-border raids and committed massacres in revenge for attacks by the fedayeen. Sharon fought [...]

TIME Man Of The Year 2013

I was baptized a Catholic. I have been an atheist since the age of 8. The scandals of Holy Roman Church has reinforced my decision over the years, however I like the new pope. Francis I was once a nightclub bouncer in Buenos Aires. I worked that job for over twenty years in New York, [...]

Islands Of Nowhere

In the winter of 1991 I spent a month on the Pulau Weh at the westernmost tip of Sumatra. The quiet island was remote. Few westerners ventured north from Medan. There were better beaches in Thailand and an ethically more interesting culture around Lake Toba, however I was drawn to this destination knowing it was [...]

The Elegance of the Wampanoags

The Wampanoags were not the savages. The people of the dawn were near extinction from a bacterial infection carried the settlers and wars with the Micmacs and Pequots. Despite these calamities the natives living near the Plymouth supposedly helped the Pilgrims celebrated a good harvest in 1621. The event is poorly documented by the colonists, [...]

FALLEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by Peter Nolan Smith

Two Novembers ago I visited the US military cemetery outside Luxembourg City with the British and the American ambassadors. The morning sun struggled to break through the low fog. It would have little success on that day. In December of 1944 over four thousand American fell in the Battle of the Bulge. Our troops had [...]