Peter Harris, National Interest: Why D-Day Still Matters
Perhaps the greatest lesson of D-Day, then, is this: that both human flourishing and human suffering are critically dependent upon power-politics. Power is not just a tool of state survival. It is the foundation of almost all social structure, shaping what goes on inside states as much as what occurs between them. Today, as power in the international system becomes increasingly diffused, the implications of this lesson are legion.
The media is awash with commentary on and analysis of the Normandy landings. Overwhelmingly, the events of 70 years ago are portrayed as a veritable milestone in world history; a triumph of freedom and democracy over forces of repression and dictatorship.
This is rightly so. The D-day landings were a decisive turning point in World War II. They could easily have failed. If they had, writes Rick Atkinson, the “entire Allied enterprise faced abject collapse.” Hope of victory in World War II would have been postponed if not lost entirely. It is thus appropriate—and incredibly important—that the landings are remembered for being momentous.
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Remembering D-Day 73 Years Later
Rangers Storm the Cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on D-Day 73 Years Ago -- Sofrep
D-Day 2017 Quotes About the WW2 Operation -- Heavy.com
Haunting D-Day photos of brave Allied troops wading ashore in France and soldiers lying dead on the beach are transformed with colour on the 73rd anniversary of the Normandy landings -- Daily Mail
D-Day: Five Ways the Allies Could Have Lost -- Michael Peck, Scout Warrior
These haunting photo overlays capture the horrors of D-Day -- Business Insider