The Foreign Service Journal, November 2006

(with large and currently obvious gaps of inattention in between), then sure- ly, like the parallel lives and mutual passing on July 4, 1826, in the 50th year of our independence, of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the parallel tenures of the great 20th-cen- tury antagonists Hitler and Roosevelt (accession in 1933, death in 1945) — one the embodiment of tyranny, the other of freedom—was another such providential pairing in history. So, with apologies to the authors, I will drop the “arguably.” Gunther K. Rosinus SFSO, retired Potomac, Md. L E T T E R S N O V E M B E R 2 0 0 6 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L 9 Send your letters to: Note that all letters are subject to editing for style, format and length.