I know this is terrible but I forgot that it was Remembrance Day. Fortunately Nobody Important and Living on the Edge reminded me of it with wonderful posts which both quoted from the poem by the Canadian doctor, John McCrae, who served in France during World War 1. I hope I will be forgiven for posting this a day late.
I have never experienced war and I am so grateful for that. It may seem strange with all the fear and insecurity since 9/11 but in fact 2009 was one of the most peaceful years. The Human Security Report found that between 1992 and 2005, armed conflict dropped by 40% and high casualty wars by 80%. Only terrorism incidents have been on the increase. Nevertheless, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), there were 17 armed conflicts in 2009. So it would seem that the world is never really at peace, even in the best of years.
It is sad that the “war to end wars”, did not really do so. I suppose evil, greed, pride, hate and bigotry will never disappear and therefore neither will war. But the more we remember the painful human costs and the sacrifices made by young men and women, perhaps we can reduce the times that we rush into war. And so, here is remembering those who fell in the service of their countries and in the cause of good and right and peace.Vodpod videos no longer available.