By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….
I wonder if throughout the history of mankind, wars (small or large) ever stopped. I am not sure, there might be some periods when peace would be ruling the whole world, but what I am sure of is that such instances must be rare.
When I was born the Second World War had ended, but Vietnam was all set for a new war. A war that was going to continue for over 19 years from that time. I was about 20 years old when the Vietnam war ended, after spilling the blood of over 2 million civilians. The number of soldiers who died on both sides was over a million lives.
Today why I am writing about all this? Yes, I am writing all this because the Vietnam war had officially ended on 30th April 1975. So every year when I see this date, I once again find myself thinking about a world with peace, where every human being is safe, and the mutual disputes have been solved amicably. I dream of a world where there is no slaying of human lives, due to this or that reason.
Who gained what at the end of the war? Indeed the history books say that North Vietnam had won the war after defeating the USA and her allies, but in reality I never see any war in the form of winners and losers. For me it is the innocent human beings who lose all and every war.
Human lives, in my opinion, are the most sacred reality on this planet.
The wars unfortunately always lead to loss of human lives. I never consider, whatever a nation or country or group achieve and get as a winner of a war, is more valuable than the human lives that perish in that process.
Almost every war has an aim of its own. That aim may be anything. They all declare their mottos before starting a war. These reasons differ from country to country, from nation to nation, but I for me every war has only one common aim. Whenever two or more forces enter into a war, their only aim is to kill a maximum number of human beings of the other side. The human life loses all its value and sacredness, once a war starts.
For the last 64 years of my life, I wonder if there was any period when there was no war in process on earth. The more I try to think this over the more I realise that almost every day, human lives are being perished just because one or more countries want their supremacy in this world.
I always wonder, why do some rulers always want to extend their boundaries at the expense of human lives? Unfortunately I always fail to get an answer to this question, which is very silly for many others.
The Korean war had ended just before I was born. The first twenty years of my life saw the Vietnam war, which spread to Cambodia, Laos and adjoining areas after being officially ended.
The Iraq / Iran war continued for over 8 years, from 1980 to 1988, with over 600,000 casualties. There was civil war in Lebanon for about 15 years.
The first Gulf War in 1991, although a short war, in fact had ignited the whole Middle East, where wars are still the norm of the area. The war in Afghanistan has been going on for over 30 years now, with fits and starts.
The loss of human lives in just a few wars that I mentioned above, was never taken seriously by the two conflicting sides. There is no end to loss of human lives in Syria, Yemen and many other countries in the world.
The wars never stop. The past and present depress me because I do not see that wars will not stop in the future too. The loss of human lives will also never stop in the future.
But all this does not mean that we must lose our all hopes. We must not stop doing whatever we can for the sake of peace in the world.
In the end I would simply like to say that the only solutions for all the wars and blood shedding on earth is just because we do not want to give peace a chance. I strongly believe that all the problems which have not so far been solved through wars, can be solved by simply believing in peace. I believe that peace is far stronger than war. Let’s “Give Peace a Chance”.
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
By John Lennon
Ev’rybody’s talking about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m.
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance
Ev’rybody’s talking about Ministers,
Sinisters, Banisters and canisters
Bishops and Fishops and Rabbis and Pop eyes,
And bye bye, bye byes.
All we are saying is Give Peace a Chance.