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Off the Editor’s Desk 11-30-2022

War is hell!

Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman supposedly made that statement years after the Civil War in an address to a group of cadets at the Michigan Military Academy on June 19, 1879.

He also said, “You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it, and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace.”

Hawkeye put war this way; “War isn’t hell. War is War and Hell is Hell. And of the two, War is a lot worse.”

I bring up about War being Hell just as a reminder that the war in Ukraine has just passed its ninth month and deaths now have exceeded 200,000. With that number being equality divided between Russian and Ukrainian troops.

But, the number of noncombatant deaths of Ukraine civilians as of November 20th is 6,595 and 10,189 injuries and of that number 415 children have died and another 755 children have been injured.

With those kinds of number of losses, we need to see that some sort of agreement is made to stop the killing and restore piece in Vladimir Putin’s War.

“Lets us never negotiate out of fear. But, let us never fear to negotiate.” President John F. Kennedy. Inaugural address, January 20, 1961.

We had World War I, which was the war to stop all wars. Then came World War II in which some hundred million people lost their lives and we still have some power hungry world leaders that want to rule the world and are willing to do most anything to accomplish that goal.

Following is the service personnel deaths in wars that the United States was involved in:

American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, 25,000; Mexican American War 1846 – 1848, 13,283; American Civil War, 1861 to 1865, 620,000; Spanish American War, 1898, 2,446 World War I, 1917-1918, 116,516; World War II, 1939 to 1945, 405,399; Korean War 1950-1953, 36,516; Vietnam, 1965-1973, 58,209; and the War on Terror, 2001 to present, 7,075.

No more wars.

Thanks for reading! ~Carlton

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