I am a devout antiwar supporter….it comes from my time in the mud in the paddies of SE Asia…..I see a lot of the same mistakes being made all over again….and yet NO one will step up and point out the worthless, useless efforts being made to NOT end a war.
For 16 years we have been sending our people to do what needs to be done by the people of the different countries…..someone needs to speak up…..
Christmas, 1914: Nearly a million men are already dead, and the war is barely four months old. Suddenly, and ultimately in unison, the opposing German and British troops begin singing Christmas carols. At first light, German troops emerge unarmed from their trenches, and walk out into “no-man’s land.” Despite fearing a ruse, the Brits eventually joined their sworn enemies in the churned earth between the trench lines. Carols were sung, gifts of cigarettes exchanged—one man even brought out a decorative tree. It only happened once. Though the bloody, senseless war raged across three more Christmases, the officers on each side quashed future attempts at a holiday truce. And yet, for that brief moment, in the ugliest of circumstances, the common humanity of Brits and Germans triumphed. It must have been beautiful.
Ultimately, nearly ten million men would die in battle. For all that, little was settled. It rarely is. The ruling classes still ruled, the profiteers profited, and Europe went to war again not twenty years later. So it went, and so it goes.
Soldiers follow orders….they do not analyze them….they follow them….your loudest voices against war will come from ex-soldiers….not active military.