A Brief Comment from Doug Draper
Posted November 11th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
While Remembrance Day is so rightfully set aside as a time for honourng the sacrifices of those who fought in past wars, I always felt that a little bit of that time should also be set aside for a discussion on how we, as a human species, can work to prevent war from ever happening again.
I’m not saying that some discussion of “NEVER AGAIN’ doesn’t happen, but I sure don’t remember much of it back in the 1960s and 70s when I was going to school.
Of course, there are times when there is no choice but to fight back, as the Ukrainians are so bravely doing, against a brutal psychopath like Russian leader Vladmir Putin, but then Russians should be asking why so many of them support a warring monster like Putin.
Some of the more powerful statements against war come through songs, and here are a couple of them.
The first, which you can listen to by clicking on the screen below, came out of Motown Records through singer Edwin Starr during the Vietnam War era in the late 1960s and early 1970s –
The second song is from American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, which contains some of my favourite lyrics in an anti-war song. They go like this –
“I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can’t be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they’re never the ones to fight or to die
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire”
To hear that Jackson Browne song, click on the screen below –
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