History affords us a better view of the imperfections of our
nature. It disposes us to humility and contrition, for the more we
know of ourselves the more we discover our failings. On this 40th
anni versary of the end of World War II, it behooves us to reflect
on the lessons of history so that we may learn and glean a warning
for the future.
May 7, 1945 marked victory and defeat in one sense, the vic
tory of the Allies over Nazi Germany and the unconditional surren