As I typed the title my mind went back to my youth and the song……but those were happier times….in this case I am talking about peace…..my regulars know that while I study war I am an antiwar person and have been for 45 years….and in the process of research I read an article that did not necessarily surprise me……
With the Cold War ending in the early 1990s, some Western scholars predicted a more peaceful world with liberal democracy the only game in town. The findings of the Global Peace Index suggest otherwise.
The twelfth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) reports that the global level of peace deteriorated by 0.27 per cent last year. Europe and United States, the world’s most peaceful regions, recorded a decline in peacefulness for the third straight year. This is not merely a one-year decline. Rather, it’s part of a decade-long trend: global peacefulness has deteriorated by 2.38 per cent since 2008.
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), a non-partisan think tank headquartered in Sydney, has been publishing yearly editions of GPI for the last 13 years. Covering 99.7 per cent of the world population, the index ranks 163 independent states and territories in three domains – safety and security in the society, involvement in ongoing conflicts, and militarization – according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators.
The sad thing about our children growing up is that they are staring at another generation of war……and we should make goddamn sure that they do not have to travel the world looking for a fight……
On September 11 of this year, those who weren’t yet born at the time of the 9/11 attacks will finally be old enough to fight in the war on terror. In 2012, U.S. Marines killed Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks, yet American soldiers are still losing their lives overseas in the name of preventing terrorism against the United States—despite the fact that there hasn’t been another major attack on U.S. soil.
Now a new generation is set to join the conflict, even though the presence of our brave troops has actually increased the power and influence of terrorist groups—the very threat they meant to eradicate. It is time to rethink what has become the longest war in American history. We need to prevent the War on Terror from continuing forever so my generation doesn’t have to pay an even higher price.
I ask myself how this country could allow a war/wars go on for 17 years with NO end in sight? What happened to the antiwar movement that I was a part of for most of the 1970’s and into the 80’s?
Well there is one possible answer to my questions…..
It is time for a re-birth of the anti war mentality and only the young can do this…us old farts no longer have a part other than helping in direction for our wars are done and soon forgotten…the young will be facing these wars for another generation if they do not learn to speak up and demand and end.
The sad part is the number of “war memorials” in our nation’s capital…..we take time to remember war but we learn nothing from those wars…..
Two articles in different weekend magazines have me thinking about America’s many wars. David Montgomery in last weekend’s Washington Post pondered the proliferation of war memorials in our nation’s capital. The second, an excerpt from C.J. Chivers’s new book in the latest New York Times magazine, details the experiences of an Army unit in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley.
Some of those killed in that desolate distant place will be remembered, indirectly at least, in a new Global War on Terrorism Memorial. Montgomery reports that President Donald Trump “signed legislation waiving the statutory 10-year post-war waiting period so planning could begin.” He continues: