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11:11:11:11:11

2 minutes silence, a couple of bob in a tin for a poppy, then it'll be over again for another year and business as usual for the 5th biggest arms supplying country in the world!

Forgive the wry smile.

Play this instead.

http://www.dickgaughan.co.uk/songs/mp3s/childhood.mp3
Rid Sonja

11/11/11. A day to remember. But what? For me,more a day to be angry: at the waste, the short-changing of so many young peoples' lives,and the continuing terrible pain of losing a loved one in a cause that may not be the actual cause they thought they were fighting for. Slogans are easy, but the reality of politics and economics supercedes them when it comes to what our Masters consider is a 'Just War'.

I would be slightly less angry if those who decided to become soldiers did so because it was just one choice among many open to them rather than the apparently only choice - due to economic necessity and lack of opportunity - that is open to so many of them. Prince Harry, I think, wants to b e a soldier more than any other choice in a plethora of choices open to him. Fine. But he also knows that his life will be protected and preserved as far as humanly possible if and when he enters any kind of potential combat zone.  All I wish for is for every young soldier to have the wherewithal to have an equality of choices and care as the Prince. We all would avow this, surely!

Next I would like humanity to reach adulthood and leave

Childhood's End :
We laid the last old soldier to rest today
A lingering relic of the older way
There were no muffled rolls of drums and no flags did wave
In the breeze that was not blowing
And on the spot where he was laid we lit a flame
To burn forever more until the end of time
To all the other soldiers known and unnamed
No gun salute was fired, no Last Post playing
Childhood's End was long in coming
But come it must for all our fear
For all our vanity, for all our stumbling
Childhood's End is drawing near
And a silent prayer was said by those who have something to pray to
While the rest of us joined hands and softly sang
And asked forgiveness from the dead for millennia of killing
For we knew now where the blame lay
And on the spot where he was laid we lit a flame
To burn forever more until the end of time
To all the other soldiers known and unnamed
No gun salute was fired, no Last Post playing
Childhood's End was long in coming
But come it must for all our fear
For all our vanity, for all our stumbling
Childhood's End is drawing near.

-sung by Dick Gaughan

A moving and evocative song. Shouldn't our efforts be going into this?

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