I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a 95 y/o Marine Corps Combat vet who was on Iwo Jima. One of his closest friends had been among the American soldiers who freed the Nazi death camps at the end of WWII. In that conversation my friend, who is in relatively good health, stated he hopes he will die soon. His reason: he is seeing the United States going down the same path as Germany under Hitler and does not want to be around as that happens. Of note is one of his current friends is a Holocaust survivor and is hoping the same for herself.