Tuesday, December 29, 2009

War is hell

War embodies hate, fear, killing, violence, deception, betrayal, death, injustice, confusion, suffering, and abuse of power.
War is hell.

A song which captures some of the tragedy and consequences of war for those fortunate enough to survive is I was only 19 (A walk in the light green) recorded by the Australian band, Redgum in 1983. The chorus is:
And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?
And night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M16?
And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
God help me, I was only nineteen.
This song about Vietnam veterans had a significant historical influence, recounted on the Wikipedia page.

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