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Collaboration is key

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

I recently completed a reading of Antony Beevor's 2009 book "D-Day: The Battle for Normandy." Mr. Beevor's research revealed many ferocious verbal battles between both Allied and Nazi generals throughout the campaign period.

In this regard, at the end of his book, he quotes Field Marshall Sir Alan Brooke's comment regarding a squabble between senior naval officers. He writes, "It is astonishing how petty and small men can be in connection with questions of command."

I grant you there may be serious ideological differences between our political parties and some members of Congress, but too many differences sound much like the generals who were wont to seek undue credit and relentlessly lay blame. The generals sought advancement of command, but history shows not one made correct judgments all the time. The book notes how many battles may have been won or lost and how many lives might have been saved had there been a more collaborative spirit.

Now, 66 years later, the same human frailty pervades our national legislators and no one wants to admit that "I might be just like those generals!" And so this war goes on.

 

BILL PETERS
Mt. Lebanon

 

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