Tuesday, November 11, 2014
"It's Armistice Day"
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. November 11th, 1918. On that day at that hour the killing stopped. It was War on an unprecedented scale. Never had so many been killed wounded or displaced.
They called it at the time the "Great War".
That or "The War to End All Wars". Would that it had. In fact it was just the first round in the West of our 'Second' Hundred Years War. The last one was fought from the mid 14th through the mid-15th centuries. Ours went from 1914 through 1989.
From the trenches of 1914 France through the mass bombings , and Holocaust of the 1940's to the Cold War, and the final fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.
However the shattered peoples of 1918 couldn't see that. They would have cursed the Heavens if they could. This because it would mean that all their suffering was for nothing.
...and it was.
It's over now. The Second Hundred Years War is at last over. What we have now is the predictable chaos that follows anything so long, and destructively insane. All of the violent religious, and ethnic passions suppressed by the larger War are now loose upon the world.
How this will be resolved I don't know. Is what we live now the opening shots of the Third Hundreds Years War?
I Hope to whatever G-d or G-ds there are that it is not.
Though 1914 is now a century past it is good, and proper that we remember the people the mass of individual souls that were caught up in the first waves of the 20th century Tsunami of Death.
Armistice Day is not a day for sales at the mall. It is something more important. Something we need to remember. If not then we our grandchildren, and their children may see yet another Hundred Years of Blood, and Iron.