by James Merritt

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Of Peace and War (4 of 4)
Series: Breaking News
James Merritt
Deuteronomy 20


1. I want to give you two dates. The dates are roughly sixty years apart. They were not chosen however randomly and they will strike a chord in every one of us for one reason or another. The first date is December 7, 1941. If you are from what Tom Brokaw called ''The Greatest Generation'' you know immediately what that date represents. It is when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

2. The second date is September 11, 2001. If you are a baby boomer, a Gen Xer or even a millennial you will remember that date. That was the date when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon came under terrorist attack. If you are from the greatest generation you know exactly where you were on December 7, 1941, and if you are in the other generations you know exactly where you were on 9/11.

3. Both of those dates also have something else in common. They represent two of the costliest wars in American History.

4. Unfortunately, war is a subject that no one can really get away from, because basically no one ever has. In 5,600 years of recorded history, there have only been 292 years of peace. Incidentally, that could describe a lot of marriages. In that 5,600 years, 14,532 wars have been fought averaging 2.6 years each and 3,640,000,000 people have been killed. Out of 185 generations only 10 have seen unbroken peace despite the signing of 8,000 peace treaties.

5. Somebody has said that ''peace'' is simply what we call that brief moment between wars when people stop to reload. The philosopher, Plato, said ''Only dead men have seen an end to war.'' Another interesting fact you may not know is that in the history of the entire human race mankind has never yet fashioned a weapon that hasn't been used.

6. The 20th century alone experienced two World Wars in which more than 60 million people died - a level of carnage never experienced in any previous century. Thankfully, for over 65 years ...

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