Since the 1970’s I have been against war, yet have realised that the individuals involved ‘On the ground’ are rarely there for the glory or the kudos of later generations. They were, are and will be, being used by the leaders of Nations whose aims are not those of the people killing and being killed.
Whether conscripted, forced into service by a need for some, any, employment or tempted in by the carrot of a higher education, all are indoctrinated with the myth of patriotism.
What dismays me is that we elect or allow our leaders to callously send these young people to be killed, maimed and driven insane, yet expect them to be caring and generous when it comes to caring for our sick, aged, unemployed and other members of our society.
It seems that to be a leader one needs to have no care for the people being led!
LEST WE FORGET
Sadly, we DO forget!
Taken in June 2018 with a Samsung phone camera
Things we, as a species, have learned from the wars of History and which we should have learned from Afghanistan and Iran but are about to forget (again) with Iraq.
Those who follow Jesus need to take note of the first quote!
“Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” Martin Luther King
“Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.” Martin Luther King
“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Abraham Lincoln
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” Albert Camus
“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein
“After victory, you have more enemies.” Cicero
“Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.” Lao Tzu
“The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.” William Shakespeare
Finally, from an old blogging
friend, in several languages;
War is not my language
الحـرب ليســـت لغتـي
מלחמה היא לא השפה שלי
I haven’t visited Randall for some years!
Next time everyone’s disreputable uncle, Uncle Rupert, causes his minions to opine about our fellow humans think about this.
Yes, those who presumptuously name their God differently from the one we all supposedly revere here in Australia and the rest of the Western World do revere Jesus.
So what, in the name of the seven levels of Hell, are we arguing about?
A day stolen from Western European paganism?
To all my friends, Christian, Muslim and other; Have a wonderfully generous Christmas Day.
We hate the fact and the idea of war. Today is Remembrance Day,
My Grandmother’s favourite brother died just 100 years and four months ago in France.
Yet sometimes it seems that those who died were the lucky ones. The story recounted below is heartbreaking. Sadly it was and is one repeated so many times.
So remember these guys, and all the others who ‘survived’ the wars humanity has endured.
That is my aim. To mock those who profit from these wars, those who glorify them and those who continue to send young men into the obscenity which is war.
Lest we forget!