We Need Peace

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Published on The Doomstead Diner on March 8, 2017

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I am deeply saddened by mans ability and desire to harm his fellow man in more heart wrenching and cruel ways. I personally have seen nothing but the best of times relative to much of  humanity, having lived in a free, safe, peaceful and prosperous society, and yet I fear the worst of times lay ahead for all mankind. We have indeed seen some of the best of humanity and a lot of the the worst of humanity on display this week.

It is already hard enough as a parent to come to the rational conclusion that your children will inherit a much worse future than I inherited from my parent, let alone think of the possibility of seeing one of then reduced to a shattered bloody pulp by the meat grinder of war we all too often embrace.

I am not a religious person; I am an atheist who sees no evidence of a gods; yet I daily wish for intervention from any source either natural or supernatural to this most horrendous self inflicted malady of man, and indeed all life on earth. Were I a believer  I would pray for peace. I am not, so I sit here late at night at my computer and it hope for sanity instead.

On the eve of another deadly day I ask all of the people who read this to tell me what I can do to help untie the knots of war we seem to be tying. Every day I see the politicians pulling on the rope making the knots tighter, urged on by the ignorant, injured or profiteers of such wars.


It is not right.
It is not just.
It is not fair.
It is unethical and immoral to condone, encourage or ignore.


War is planned by the old, directed by the middle aged and paid for by the young with their lives.
Anyone who has seen first hand the demonic vision that is modern warfare would do all in their power to to extinguish the mere spark of a conflict before it could ignite the tinder and kindle the flames of war.

Mankind needs to find a way to peace. I am an ex-soldier who is lucky enough to not ever have to put my military training in to practice. Please believe me, we do no want war.

We need peace.

Edwin said it better than I ever could.

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y'all
War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
Ohhh, war, I despise
Because it means destruction
Of innocent lives
War means tears
To thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
And lose their lives
I said, war, huh
Good God, y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
War, whoa, Lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
War, it ain't nothing
But a heartbreaker
War, friend only to the undertaker
Ooooh, war
It's an enemy to all mankind
The point of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest
Within the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die
Aaaaah, war-huh
Good God y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it, say it, say it
War, huh
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again y'all
War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
War, it ain't nothing but a heartbreaker
War, it's got one friend
That's the undertaker
Ooooh, war, has shattered
Many a young mans dreams
Made him disabled, bitter and mean
Life is much to short and precious
To spend fighting wars these days
War can't give life
It can only take it away
Ooooh, war, huh
Good God y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
War, whoa, Lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
War, it ain't nothing but a heartbreaker
War, friend only to the undertaker
Peace, love and understanding
Tell me, is there no place for them today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord knows there's got to be a better way
Ooooooh, war, huh
Good God y'all
What is it good for
You tell me
Say it, say it, say it, say it
War, huh
Good God y'all
What is it good for
Stand up and shout it
Nothing

One Response to We Need Peace

  • JJGrey says:

    War, does infact, inspite of the disadvantages listed in the song, have several advantages to those in charge-

    1) Profit – the selling of a material that must be constantly replaced is the ultimate in planned obsolecence, and any customer who tries to go without war material will lose the war and be replaced by a larger customer. 

    2) Population Control – the men are away and not breeding with their local sweethearts, so that even if most come back home undamaged (unlikely) there is during the time of war a slack off of population increase.

    3) Resource Availability – And, having removed much of the fighting enemy population resources for your population increases in relation.

    4) Power – During an outside threat citizenry are willing to themselves squash any dissenters and put up with various hardships to allow those in control to further centralize their control, and even to overlook corruption of those in control as it is seen as a lesser evil than giving the "enemy" any advantage. 

    Those four reasons are great reasons for War from the point of view of the people running the nations who are at war. The biggest problems are the possibility of losing the war (which is why empires try to keep the wars located well away from their capitals, and often find negotiations useful if the war itself begins approaching) or winning the war too quickly and completely and allowing trained military veterans to come back and potentially join any dissent or rebellion back inside the nation.

    That is why Terrorism and wars against gurilla fighters are custom made for modern empires. These wars can never be won, and also cannot be lost,  In example to the only realistic resolution of such a war look at what happened between britian and the IRA. Negotiations and power sharing resolved the conflict when britian finally got tired of fighting it, but for literally decades if not centuries prior britian started and then kept the fight going.

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