Thoughts on War This Veteran’s Day

On Twitter I saw this photo of the Vietnam Memorial and it is amazing in so many ways. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I won’t try to compete.

Just look at this image and think of all the lives lost in that war.

Then think of all the lives lost in wars since then.

Korean: War 33, 686

Iraq War: 4,424

Afghanistan War: 1,833

And those were just military casualties. I couldn’t find numbers for how many civilians lost their lives in those wars, but there were thousands and thousands.

Fast forward to today.

October 7, 1,200 People killed in Israel by Hamas. Most of them civilians. 269 people taken hostage.

Israeli Hamas War: 11,000 Palestinians killed in Gaza.  4,324 children and 2,823 women

Most Recent War in Sudan: As many as 10,000 people killed since April 2023. As of Oct, 2023, 4.8 million people internally displaced and 1.4 million fled the country.

Violence feeds violence.

Brutality feeds brutality.

War feeds war.

When is it ever going to end?

This has been asked since the 1955 when Pete Seger wrote “Where Have all The Flowers Gone” This Kingston Trio cover in 1994 has the most touching video. I dare you to not cry when watching and listening to it.

Think about it, and consider this quote from Jimmy Carter, “We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.”

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