Tuesday, August 08, 2006

War is hard; peace is simple

There simply can be no excuse
For these countries to not reach a truce.
Either see eye-to-eye
Or let innocents die!
Is the answer that hard to deduce?

Sixty-one years and we still have not learned one of the key lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. See Cowntown Pattie's excellent post for more on that subject.

Israeli Jets Kill 30; No Letup in Militia Attacks
Arab League Ministers Call for Cease-Fire,
But Israel Signals Expansion of Offensive
By Edward Cody and Molly Moore
The Washington Post, 8/8/06


Cowtown Pattie said...

Thanks, my kind Savant. But, you know, I caught all sorts of grief over that post.

I even gave myself nightmares...

The Limerick Savant said...

Brava, Pattie, for speaking out. Unfortunately, discussions such as this always seem to result in the comparison of whose atrocities are worse. The fact is that it is always the innocents who suffer the most. War represents a failure of diplomacy and, as such, all parties are ultimately complicit in that suffering.

Anytime we as a species choose aggression over peacemaking we must accept the inevitability that violence breeds violence. This is true whether you’re flipping the bird at the guy who just cut you off in traffic or nuking a neighboring country. There isn’t a world leader who has chosen war who hasn’t also accepted that a certain portion of both his and another country’s citizenry are expendable, be they man, woman or child. Such is the price of war. We fool ourselves to believe otherwise.

All that diplomacy costs is time, patience, skill, effort and sometimes pride. Well, truthfully, yes, there are often other concessions. But when does the cost of diplomacy become so dear that the only option is to start spending human lives? That is the question we must ask of ourselves and of our leaders whenever they speak of a greater “good” in making war. There is no “good” in war, only a sad resignation of our failure to communicate with another life with whom we share more similarities than differences.

The Limerick Savant said...

PS - I'm cross-posting my above comments to your blog as well.

The Limerick Savant said...

BTW, after seeing pictures of the young victims of Hiroshima, I am often struck by the perversity of the nickname given the bomb, "Little Boy."