The Christmas Truce
Merry Christmas! Today is Christmas Day, and I hope you are celebrating it with your loved ones and enjoying your holiday traditions. It looks like I’m not going to get what I want AGAIN this year. The one thing I’d love to see the most for the USA is the end of the disastrous War on Terror. The ongoing, never-ending conflict has succeeded in stripping Americans’ rights at home, wasting trillions of dollars, slaughtering civilians abroad, and creating more enemies overseas. There’s a saying attributed to Basquiat, “Where goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.” Let’s exchange bombs and drones for goods and services. Let’s serve each other instead of destroy one another.
I’d like to share a brief story that you may have heard before. World War I was in its beginnings in 1914, and no one thought it would last as long as it did. In the days leading up to Christmas, soldiers on both sides of the Western Front participated in a completely unofficial and illegal ceasefire. They crossed into no-man’s land to exchange gifts, holiday greetings, and even play soccer. The men on either side realized they had more in common with each other than with the monsters who ordered them to kill and to die. When the officers learned of the ceasefire, they were horrified. Didn’t these men know they had to obey?
Laurence Vance, an anti-war libertarian (or is that redundant?) from The Future of Freedom Foundation wrote a very moving piece in 2004 called Stop the Killing. It’s about this oft-forgotten historic Christmas. You can read it here. Unfortunately, it still resonates 11 years later.
If you want to end war, simply stop fighting for your masters.
A Disclaimer About My Politics
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“The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’ meaning ‘many’, and the word ‘ticks’ meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’.” -Larry Hardiman
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