Memorial Day, 2019: Confederate Cemetery, Elmira, NY
Imagine the resolve with which the young men, whose graves lie around us here, marching to the consolidating cadence of beating drums, were carried away and thrust into a terrifying landscape of destruction, disillusionment and death.
Imagine as well the innumerable widely dispersed graves of comrades in arms, parents, wives, children and other friends and relatives traumatized by the deaths of these young men so far from home.
War is the great deceiver of the naïve and over confident. Hidden behind a veil of righteousness, lurks a morass of unrelenting destruction and killing of such ghastly and excruciating horror that men are driven out of their wits.
If such is the evil of war, why has human kind not put an end to it?
War is profitable; some soldiers eager, all expendable. In an astounding declaration of manifest hubris, Henry Kissinger reportedly referred to military men as “dumb, stupid animals to be used” as pawns for foreign policy. p. 194.
War proponents are able to coax the citizenry into war only with its consent.
Henry Thoreau lamented: “There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”
So I encourage you to strike a terminal blow at the root of war by diligently seeking almighty truth and with it smother the seductive but delusional clamoring for war that so devastates lives and brings penury and ruin to the land. Herbert Hoover warned: “As war sanctifies murder, so it sanctifies the lesser immoralities of lies.” p. liv
“We can never herd the world onto the paths of righteousness with the dogs of war.” p. xxii
Wendell Berry shall have the last word:
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have begun our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
Henry Kissinger: The Final Days by Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein
Henry Thoreau: Walden
Herbert Hoover: Freedom Betrayed edited by George H. Nash
Wendell Berry: Standing by Words
James Christner: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been thinking quite a bit these last days on what I would write I was very young during the time of our involvement in the US involvement in Vietnam. I was caught up in the Anti-War movement of the late sixties and seventies. I opposed the war in every way possible and believed in no way did we belong or should have troops involved in a war that could only bring grief and death I still believe those things The only difference is that I am older and hope wiser. I have come to have great respect for Veterans for Peace and the work they do The plight of the vets from Vietnam and what these mostly very young and those mainly of color and what they went through and still do. We as a country have never cared for those who have fought and died in the service of this country I am involved in immigration now and many vets from Veterans for Peace have joined with us. My respect and admiration for their unwavering support to never have this country involved in a war where we lose so many young lives for political gain I have a photo in my living room with a picture of a fallen soldier and every day it reminds me of what you have given to this country and how much we need to give back.
Peace and Solidarity