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Parsing the politics of tyranny

Q&A | Why conservatives and liberals repeatedly underestimate the revolutionaries
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/19/20, 03:33 pm

In one sense, Daniel Chirot learned about international politics as a baby: Born in Vichy France during World War II, he (with his family) evaded German roundups of Jews. Chirot made it to the United States when he was 6. This month he retires from his professorship at the University of Washington after 45 years of teaching and research. 

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Flying unfriendly skies

History | WWII pilot Bill Patten faced perils of combat and turned to God
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 11/19/20, 02:44 pm

Fifth in a series on war veterans

Over Regensburg, Germany, flak not only hit the plane, but tore into a crew member and the chief pilot’s thigh. As the pilot tried to stanch bleeding, co-pilot Bill Patten took over the controls.

Patten, 26, was a pilot with the 15th Air Force. He had a wife and daughter back home in Kansas City, Mo. Once in a while he’d read a Bible someone had sent to him, but as a not-too-religious military man, he took little comfort in it.

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Home-front duties

History | While her husband fought German forces, Barbara Larson built airplane parts back home
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 10/21/20, 11:16 pm

Fourth in a series on war veterans

She had been married four days when her husband left for war in 1944. She didn’t know where he was going, and when—or if—she’d ever see him again. Barbara Larson, 94, shrugs and smiles: “That’s just the way it was back then.”

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