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Where are the Doves?
“The 20th Century was the most murderous in recorded history.
The total number of deaths associated with wars exceed
187 million people.”--Eric Hobsbaun.
As Miss Kentucky replied to the judge’s inquiries for the Miss
America crown, “I just wish for world peace & brotherhood.”
As John Lennon & the Beatles sang, “Just give Peace a
chance--all we need is love.”
As the stoned rebellious hippies used to chant, “Make
Love, not War”, flashing the peace sign.
As Gandhi used to say, “There is a sufficiency in
the world for man’s need, but not his greed.”
As Christians preach, “Love thy enemy”.
As poets write Poetry for Peace”,
I look at the unassailable data, the sad & hard truths,
that human nature proves to be more bellicose than
it is peaceful--& this creates strife between siblings,
spouses, sports teams, neighborhood street gangs,
state & federal legislators & paralyzingly partisan
politicians--& when scrutinized we find, to our dismay,
that there is no actual down time without conflict, chaos,
& cataclysmic events.
Yes, facts do lie, misrepresent & distort the truth,
depending on which part is taken out of
context, before it becomes perverted,
or re-channeled to better fit the selfish
needs of the pollsters & politicians
& professional manipulators--but I tell
you that rock hard data exists relative
to wars & their deadly consequences,
staining the pale pages of history
with the blood of both the warriors
& the innocents caught up in the warfare.
1900 the Boxer Rebellion (35,000)
1904 Germany vs. Nambia (65,000)
1904-05 Japan vs. Russia (150,000)
1910-1920 Mexican Revolution (250,000)
1911 Chinese Revolution (2.4 million)
1903-1923 Ottoman Empire vs Italy, Armenia, & Greece (3 million)
1914-1918 World War I (20 million)
1917-1921 Russian Revolution (5 million)
1918-1920 Russian Civil War (1 million)
1928-1932 Chinese Civil War (2 million)
1931 Japan vs. Manchuria (1.1 million)
1932-1933 Soviet Union vs. Ukraine (10 million)
1936-1937 Stalin’s purges (13 million)
1936-1945 Spanish Civil War (1 million)
1939-1945 World War II (55 million)
1950-1953 Korean War (3 million)
1964-1973 Vietnam War (3 million)
1966-1969 Chinese Cultural Revolution (11 million)
1975-1979 Khmer Rouge, Cambodia (2 million)
1977-1988 Soviet Union in Afghanistan (1.3 million)
1991 Gulf War (85,000)
1996 War in the Congo (4 million)
2003-2011 Second Iraq War (160,000)
2011-2015 Iraq & Syrian Civil Wars (700,000).
Today Presidential candidates posture & squabble with each
other a full year before we elect a new President--but who is
talking about making plans for peace? Fear is the daily
companion, & terror is the watch word & reality. Politicians
are panicking, playing right into the lethal radical Islamic
plotting--the Holy War is upon us, another World War looms.
Innocent blood is just beginning to flow.
The beautiful doves are being slaughtered by the hawks.
The peaceniks are being battered & shouted down.
Where in the murderous midst of the bloodshed & carnage
is the hope, even a faint whiff of Peace? If it is there, I cannot
find it. I think it will have to just appear, materialize out of the
abysmal darkness like a magnificent white unicorn accompanied
by divine trumpetry & edict. On that triumphant day, I swear,
I will whole-heartedly embrace it.
Why must War precede
Peace? Why is Peace so fleeting?
God only knows, not I.
Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub "Poetics"