Veteran’s / Remembrance / Armistice Day is a difficult day for me. It’s not difficult in an emotional sense but it’s a difficult day for my conscience. I feel conflicted.
I am firmly, deeply committed to the idea and practice of non-violence. I do not believe that military intervention has made the world better or safer. I do not believe that violence can be used to “solve” problems. (It may make them go away temporarily, but it does not solve anything…) I do not want to endorse or support any war of the past, present, or future.
And neither do I want to disrespect those who have served in the armed forces. My conflict is not with the soldier nor with their desire to serve.
If, on the Veteran’s /Remembrance / Armistice Day we say “Never Again” let’s mean –NEVER- again. Never again will we send the youth of our nations off to slaughter one another. Never again will we engage in military conflict. Let’s say “Never again” and mean never – and not just “never again … until the next time.”