“Blessed Are the Peacemakers …”

This is my annual offering on a day I wish we didn’t have to recognize.  Not from lack of homage for the sacrifices made by young men and women in carrying out their duties while serving our country, but because war will no longer be an action mankind takes in dealing with other humans we share this tiny blue dot with.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  Dwight D. Eisenhower

To Not Die In Vain

Yet another Memorial Day rolls around
With each flag placed neatly on rounded mound
For those lying silent beneath the ground.

There lies each woman and man
Who perished in a distant land
For things we seldom understand.

Proclamations given to make us proud
With pomp and circumstance they’re said aloud
But heard no more under covered shroud.

If die they must it should be clear,
Our cause is just and sincere
To promote a world free from fear.

 

We cannot throw away good souls
For extraneous reasons given by those
Who only gain and never lose.

Young men and women cannot be fodder
Thrown into battle and led to slaughter
By those who sacrifice neither son nor daughter.

Let wars be executed if we must
But for reasons that are just;
Anything less violates a sacred trust.

 

This great nation has always stood
As a standard for each who would
Treat all equally and promote what’s good.

For all have a stake in what’s honored this day,
That loss of life that has given way
To prevent future wars so we can say,

The peace we know came at high cost
Through human sacrifice and loss
So tomorrow’s children will benefit most.

Let it be clear we are here today
To seek a path, a certain way;
That war no longer serves as a need to pray.

I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. – George McGovern

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6 responses to ““Blessed Are the Peacemakers …”

  1. War is such a useless occupation, and for some, sadly that is exactly what it is. I find it detestable and unworthy of a civilized people. In fact we shall have no claim to that adjective until we end our obsession with getting our way through force.

  2. War is a hobby to some. A way to strut their feathers and say, “Look how tough we are.” Unfortunately, it is never those who do the strutting that do the dying. The greatest respect for those who served and died but I wish none of them had to die. wonderful post LB.

  3. Thanks for that. I also appreciate Sherry’s and Donna’s comments. I read in my local paper today that the medical costs of returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets will cost 600-900 billion over the next several decades.

  4. Our modern vets are starting to suffer the same cowardice that the Viet vets had to deal with when they return…it is disgusting!

  5. Everybody wants a photo-op with a guy in uniform, but nobody wants to pay for patching him up after the “glorious” battles are over.

    I love the Eisenhower & McGovern quotes (Who still quotes McGovern?), but this passage from Canadian Dr, Norman Bethune is one of my favourites

    Is it possible that a few rich men — a small class of men — have persuaded a million poor men to attack and attempt to destroy another million men as poor as they, so that the rich may be richer still?

    They told them that this brutal war was the destiny of the race. It was for the glory of the emperor; it was for the honour of the state; it was for their king and country. False – false as hell! They make war to capture markets by murder, raw materials by rape. They find it cheaper to steal than to exchange, easier to butcher than to buy. This is the secret of war. It is the secret of all wars: profit. Business. Profit. Blood money.

    Threaten a reduction on the profit of their money, and the beast in them awakens with a snarl. They become as ruthless as savages, brutal as madmen, remorseless as executioners.

    The complete version of “Wounds” can be read here, if you’re willing to risk being put on a US government Watch List for just visiting the website http://marxistleninist.wordpress.com/2009/02/14/norman-bethune-wounds/

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