History lesson

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On June 15, 1215, King John of England signed the Magna Carta at the behest of his barons, who along with the Church, were being taxed heavily to pay for fruitless wars, the Third Crusade and the expensive defense of his empire.

Eight centuries later, the “war on terror” and other “just conflicts” never seem to be in short supply. Since 2001, Presidents Bush and Obama have waged war in Afghanistan, Iraq and other venues around the world.

Although Obama come to office on a wave of anti-war sentiment, he expanded the war in Afghanistan and now plans to support the “opposition” in Syria, the composition of which is not entirely known.

The yew tree under which the King John signed the Magna Carta reportedly still stands. And what of England? It’s a shadow of its former self. I hope the same fate doesn’t befall the United States.

— William W. Thorburn, Benbrook

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