War

This is what Harry Patch said, the oldest person to survive WW1, when asked about his experience. “Politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder”.

I believe he was correct. I also believe this song is correct. Written by Edwin Starr – famously sung by Bruce Springsteen:

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, why’all
War, huh, good god
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing, listen to me
Oh, war, I despise
‘Cause it means destruction of innocent lives
War means tears to thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
And lose their lives
I said, war, huh good god, why’all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing say it again
War, whoa, lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing, listen to me
it ain’t nothing but a heart-breaker
(War) friend only to the undertaker
Oh, war it’s an enemy to all mankind
The point of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest
Within the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die, ah, war-huh, good god why’all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it, say it, say it
War, huh
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing listen to me
it ain’t nothing but a heart breaker
(War) it’s got one friend that’s the undertaker
Oh, war, has shattered many a young mans dreams
Made him disabled, bitter and mean
Life is much too short and precious
To spend fighting wars these days
War can’t give life
It can only take it away
Oh, war, huh good god why’all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing say it again
whoa, lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing listen to me
it ain’t nothing but a heart breaker
(War) friend only to the undertaker
Peace, love and understanding
Tell me, is there no place for them today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But lord knows there’s got to be a better way
Oh, war, huh good god why’all
What is it good for you tell me
Say it, say it, say it, say it
huh good god why’all
What is it good for
Stand up and shout it nothing

I could make a good case that war is actually good for one thing: making rich people richer, lining the pockets of the military/industrial complex, arms manufacturers and corporatists on Wall Street. While young men were dying in the Second World War, American arms manufacturers were doing brisk business with Hitler.

In Yemen, thousands of women and children are dying and starving – arms from the Saudis supplied by America – and Canada.

The list is a long one: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam. Young men and women die. Children die. All for the sake of profit.

It’s Remembrance Day – more aptly Armistice Day and there are ceremonies everywhere. Facebook is awash in red poppies. And rightly so. The young ones who died – most of them fooled into believing they were dying for our freedom. They were beautiful young people. They did what they thought was right.

Lest we forget.

Really? If we actually, truly remembered, we would not be waging war today. And we are. We would not be electing fascists to run governments. We would not be putting up with politics as usual. We would not be destroying a planet that these people who died were trying to save.

When it comes to war and arms and the intent of countries that go to war, I am a cynic. No amount of jingoism will move me.

We might begin to be saved when we tear down all the walls and phony borders and begin to act as one humanity working together to save our mother earth and to make this a safe, peace-filled and beautiful place for all of us to live.

Until then, it’s a show of colours and words and poppies and tomorrow it will be business as usual.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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