The economist has virtually reprinted their lead article from the week of D-Day, just 70 years ago. It makes for interesting reading on several dimensions.
The line that struck me the most was: "the first advances have been secured with surprisingly little loss of life". According to wikipedia, allied dead on just the first day of the Normandy landings exceeded 4,400. That one-day total is just a bit less than the number of American soldiers killed in the entirety of the Iraq war.
Who was my favorite student this term?
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