Peace comes with a price
"War is Hell." I have no way of knowing who originated the comment, but I have been able to determine that William Tecumseh Sherman was quoted as uttering those words during his famous "march to the sea" during the war between the states in the 1860s.
It brings to mind the various well-meaning folks who vie for peace. While their position is commendable, it would appear to be a completely wasted effort as there will always be war somewhere on this planet that we occupy. Throughout the history of mankind there has never been a time when at least one nation wasn't at war with another.
Why is war inevitable? Very simple. We are human, and many humans are susceptible to personal greed and a need for power. Greed for money or property or another's possessions are part of these human needs.
It could be argued that we shouldn't have gone to war in foreign countries in which the United States has often found itself involved. We can find fault with the leaders who involved us in such travesties, but occasionally it is necessary to fight for the rights of people other than our families or next door neighbors.
Should we not have gone to war against Hitler who was killing Jews by the millions in his concentration camps? He made it obvious that he wanted to rule the world when he took over France and was attempting to take over the United Kingdom.
The English, in many cases, are not only our forefathers but indeed our best friends on this planet. Should we have allowed Der Fuhrer to destroy England? It seems to me that we had to fight for freedom and for the English, not to mention the other countries that this monster took over and came near to destroying.
I have a friend, Fred Taucher, who escaped one of Hitler's concentration camps as a young man and, many years later, became an Edmonds resident. He no longer lives here, but his story is still with us and has been published in many ways. It's quite a story.
We have a few surviving WWII veterans right here in Edmonds. I salute them along with the veterans of Korea, Vietnam and the Mideast.
The Second World War claimed hundreds of thousands of lives of our young men and women. On the other side, millions of our enemies were lost fighting for the swastika. It happened all over again with Korea, Vietnam (in both cases fighting the spread of communism) and against Arab butchery.
"War is Hell?" Yes, but it is also inevitable. Along the Edmonds waterfront, I once saw a man carrying a sign that said, "Pray for Peace ... Fight for Freedom." I couldn't agree more.