In one of the darkest times in history, many countries were led by men whose very names are stains on history. Germans were led by the man they simply called “The Leader” (Der Fuehrer). Another tyrannical murderer of millions commanded the Soviet Union, and was called Vozhd (leader) by his subjects; Italy’s head, too, was called Il Duce.
That evil was defeated by the people we have come to call the Greatest Generation – men and women who sacrificed their lives on the line to defeat Nazism and Fascism, and then to contained and eventually defeated Communism.
When the leadership of the Allied armies was assumed by President Harry Truman, making him the Commander-in-Chief of the greatest forces America had ever assembled, in the most powerful alliance of history, Truman came before Congress and gave a short and powerful address. He ended with a prayer:
“I humbly pray A-lmighty G-d, in the words of King Solomon: ‘Give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart . . that I may discern between good and bad’ . . I ask only to be a good and faithful servant of my L-rd and my people.”
Jewish wisdom teaches that power is there for the sake of others, and for the sake of the G-d Almighty Who desires a peaceful and loving world.