Preparing my Barsetshires Diary blog tonight I came across a song that reminded me just how long people have been asking for a cessation to wars. It’s been going on at least since the Quakers and the Conscientious objectors of WWI spoke out. But at times we seem to have gone through periods of being Gung Ho and forgetting peace altogether or at least those moderate voices have been drowned out.
During WWII there were people who didn’t want war but I think a lot of minds were changed when they realised just how bad Hitler and his henchmen were. You would have to hope that never again could so few people mobilise a whole country into following such an evil path but then we look at just how many evil regimes have existed or still exist even now. All those places where any opposition disappears or is publicly executed. Syria, Saudi Arabia, North Korea all come to mind.
During the 60’s I walked with huge hope in my soul that the pressure of all the young people would bring about massive change to make sure there would be no more wars. Never before had America seen such vocal opposition to a war like Vietnam. The songs of that period carried the message far and wide. People like John Lennon sang what people thought. Though we’ve managed to avoid any World Wars since then there have still been plenty of wars about. It seems no matter how loud a voice we have someone wants to go to war. For the sake of oil some Governments will even lie to create the chance to go to war. Thanks Tony Blair for opening my eyes to the current crop of politicians in the UK. I think some are trying to foment civil war with their treatment of the disabled.
In the 1980’s John Farnham sang this song that told us the cry was still there for wars to end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbkOZTSvrHs
Since then there have been songs asking to Feed the World, asking to stop the killing and Michael Jackson’s superb Earth Song spoke of the need to save the planet too. Why is it that our voices are not bringing about the changes so many of us obviously want and need or do the Governments of the world want to solve the population explosion in the most evil way possible? The survival of the fittest maybe?
I send you all Love, Peace and Hugs.