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Joint Mission a Worthy Airborne Tribute to Holocaust Victims

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A view of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. Real pictures of the deported, Nazi propaganda, crematorium, and other objects are displayed there. (Giuseppe Crimeni/Dreamstime)

By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 29 August 2020 05:47 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Is it possible for a milestone to be airborne?

Recent events in Germany should certainly qualify.

Fox News reports a historic flight involving two nations, "Israeli air force jets participated in several exercises over Germany on Tuesday, marking the first time Israeli jets had ever entered German airspace."

The air wing included six IDF (Israel Defense Force) F-16s, two Gulfstream jets carrying dignitaries and two Boeing 707 tanker jets for air-to-air refueling.

The IDF detachment will remain in Germany for two weeks of air exercises with the German and Hungarian air forces.

Shortly after the IDF pilots and passengers crossed into German airspace, Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhatz, inspector of the Air Force, announced, "On behalf of the German air force, it is an honor for me to welcome the Israeli air force entering German airspace for the first time in history."

The first sortie for the IDF and the Luftwaffe involved remembrance.

"On Tuesday, the two air forces marked the occasion with two Israeli F-16s and two German Eurofighters escorting an Israeli air force Gulfstream 6-500 carrying the commanders of both air forces over the Dachau memorial camp outside Munich.

"A third Eurofighter filmed the formation. They were paying tribute to the Jews and others killed there during the Holocaust."

Then the joint mission flew over Fuerstenfeldbruck airfield to commemorate a more recent outrage. This time it was the Munich attack on Israeli Olympic athletes during the 1972 Summer Olympics.

In that tragedy, "Two athletes were killed and nine others were taken hostage by the Palestinian group Black September from the Olympic Village on Sept. 5, 1972. During a botched rescue attempt at the airfield by German police, the other athletes, along with five of their captors and a West German police officer, were killed."

These flights mark the recognition of significant changes on the part of the nations both flyers represent. The Jews have gone from helpless victims of tyranny and genocide to a strong, independent nation standing up for themselves.

They are a beacon of success for the rest of us globally.

Germany has evolved from genocide to a nation that has recognized and atoned for its crimes. More importantly, the atonement began with the victims now flying as wingmen.

In a world often beset with bad news, including here at home in the United States, this joint air sortie is good news.

We could use more of it.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)". Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.

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