As we approach a major holiday time in both the Christian and Jewish faiths, our eyes are drawn to that part of the world where both of these holidays were born. We see the turmoil in the region and many think the worst, seeing portents of end times. This is not the first time the Middle East has been in conflict of this magnitude and, no doubt, it will not be the last. Passover is the remembrance of a rebellion against slavery and injustice. The events of what we now call Easter began during a time of up-risings and rebellion against the rule of the Romans. Both events changed the face of the world forever. We look to the Middle East and see things that make us fear more world-changing may be on the way. As with WW II, there are those who want to rid the world of others they deem unfit. We humans seem to affect our world through violent actions. Let us hope that this is not another such time. ~Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.