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A long time ago, my sophomore English teacher, Father William Campbell, saw something in my writing and predicted that I would someday become a newspaper columnist. He suggested the perfect title for my column--"Leaves of the Palm." Now that I have a little extra time on my hands I've decided to put Father Campbell's prediction to the test. I'm going to start using this blog site not just to reprint opinion pieces I've published elsewhere but to try to get more of my ideas and opinions out there. Feedback is welcome. To find out more about me, please check out my Web site: www.EdwardFPalm.com (Click on any of the photos below for an enlarged view.)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Cold War Revisited

(The "Hummers' Parade" [a parody of the Philadelphia Mummers' Parade], Middletown, DE, Jan. 1, 2002)
Just this morning, on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulis, I heard an administration official claim that, despite the ability of a known Islamic extremist to board an American airliner on Christmas day, our intelligence agencies have indeed learned the lessons of 9/11 and that they are now"connecting the dots."  
        Something about this morning's reassurance recalls those wonderful Civil Defense films of the mid-1950s.  As I recall, those films typically started off showcasing the impressive abilities of our air-defense missiles and jet interceptors.  But, then, the narrator would admit that, despite our best efforts, some Russian bombers would get through and that it was up to all of us to be ready.
        Once again, I guess, the more things change . . . .

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