Veterans for Peace Radio Hour

November 22, 2013

The Price

Demolished building

Chldren amidst the destruction

The true price of war is the 80-85% of civilians being killed, maimed or displaced. The gates of hell are opened and people flee the torment to come; some never make it. Untrained in warfare, all they can do is flee as fast and as far as possible, inevitably they become, “collateral damage”.

A few nations have elected and appointed leaders that are enlightened and intelligent enough to realize the horror of war. Take Willie Brandt, who helped rebuild Germany after WWII; compare him to Ferdinand Foch the French autocrat whose policies brought about WWII. Many people of German ancestry moved as far away from Foch and his policies as the could, they went to Poland and other states here they felt relatively safe.

The Great War took some 37 million casualties between deaths and wounds, the Spanish Flu added another 20 million to the death toll, some 20,000 of these were in the United States. There can never be an accurate count because men were buried in the trenches that became their graves and the Russians downgraded their losses to a “comfortable level”.

Those that tried to flee after the first shots ere fired were murdered in the streets as “cowards” or scoundrels” . Most were farmers, shopkeepers, bakers and various tradesmen. Wives and children were forced to watch the men shot or hand as “traitors”; it worsened as the war went on, year after year, hour after hour. Entire French regiments stacked arms and headed to the rear; Germans did this as well but on a slightly slower level.

The Price of all of this were some 11 million deaths from both sides, not including the Spanish Flu.

The Germans had 3 rail guns, which could hurl munitions 70 miles, one of the first hit a church in which 60 people were killed outright and several hundred became disfigured and suffered terrible wounds. If one of these rounds had been filled with mustard or some other gas, Paris could well have become a ghost town. Parisians did not want this fight, most Germans did not want this fight, certainly the US did want to be dragged into a war an ocean away. Up to that point we were an agrarian nation moving to an industrial nation, very few Americans wanted anything to do with European politics, much less war. Without a standing Army and a Navy that left much to be desired, civilians were drafted, leaving their families to fend for themselves, unaware that some 500,000 soldiers and seamen would never return. The cost of this, and every war is the civilian population.

Ill prepared, we tarried on. We realized that making weapons for war was far more profitable than agriculture or minor industry, this was the beginning of the “military/industrial” complex.

In a hut, up to his knees in snow guarding prisoners, a man pondered the future, seeds were germinating and in a mere generation, that man, Adolph Hitler, would set the world afire again. With even more civilians paying the price.

Bob

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