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A Simple Solution for World Peace
According to sources that shall remain nameless (because I don't know their names); we are spending $1.9 billion dollars a month to fight the war in Iraq. Those same sources indicate that we will be fighting this war for several months, perhaps several years.
$1.9 billion dollars is a lot of money folks. Money that could be better spent feeding the poor, housing the homeless, and educating the ignorant...like those ignorant boobs in Washington.
I don't doubt their sincerity to fight terrorism or protect the homeland. Nor do I doubt that the world will be a better place without Saddam and his ilk. But the world would also be a better place without the guy who cut me off in traffic this morning and the gal in the "Ten items or less" checkout lane with fifteen items in her cart. At least my world would be better.
It's not that I don't like people, but let's be honest; with the exception of possibly getting eaten by a lion, most of our problems are people related. Guns don't kill people...people kill people. Tanks and airplanes don't start wars...people start wars. Unhappy people are the root cause of most of the world's problems...happy people don't start wars.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't see a lot of happy people in Iraq...ours or theirs. In fact, I don't see a lot of happy people anywhere...and that doesn't bode well for the future.
It's time to rethink our strategy. In place of guns and ammunition, I suggest we take the money and buy everyone in the world a "Happy Meal". We could even make it a "World Holiday".
For the gala, I propose May 1st...traditionally called May Day...celebrated by the U.S.S.R., France, and other European countries as an International Workers Festival; not to be confused with Mayday...which is an International distress call...although to me, either seems appropriate.
Instead of spreading the misery of war, think of the joy we could bring to billions of people as they dance around the maypole anxiously awaiting their "Happy Meal". Children of all ages would be entertained for hours with the latest Spongebob Squarepants. And who could possibly contemplate blowing up buildings or ponder the use of nuclear chemical or biological weapons while intellectually engaged connecting the dots of the walrus or finding the way to Grandma's house through the surreptitious maze printed on the side of those festive food containers?
I can see it now...young and old alike, in every shape color and size, in vibrant ethnic garb, gently swaying, singing that classic etude of peace (don't click this link or you'll be humming this song for days) "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony..."
Okay, maybe it's not such a good idea...but neither is war.
We didn't wear green berets in the 32nd Med and Cam Rahn wasn't exactly the Ashau Valley, but the night the Viet Cong overran the 6th CC in the spring of 1970, it sure seemed that way.
My Bronze Star is in a box somewhere; and I've seen enough dead bodies, friend and foe, to last a lifetime. I don't need medals or gruesome pictures to remind me how horrible war can be. But maybe the Gen X'ers, Y's, and even Z's, do. Maybe we need a war now and then to remind us how uncivilized civilized people can become.
The Zippo I carried in Vietnam was inscribed, "You have never lived, till you've almost died. For those who fight for it, Life has a flavor the protected will never know." Maybe that's the problem. Maybe we have been protected for so long that we have lost the flavor of Life.
For all the ugliness war brings out in people, I think Vietnam made me a better person. It gave me a greater appreciation for the people around me and taught me to take life one moment at a time. Maybe the troops returning from Iraq will gain the same insight. Maybe the war will make them better people...a little less selfish, a little more considerate. Maybe the fear of death will be replaced by a zest for life.
That's a lot of "maybes", but one thing is certain: War is never the beginning of peace...it's always the end of peace. It's the cumulative effect of unhappy people who think they have no other alternative. It's the real thing...and no matter how much we want it to be otherwise, people die.
Perhaps May Day wasn't such a bad idea after all.
- 1971 Coca Cola Hilltop Video
To this day, "Hilltop" is recognized as one of the most beloved and well-known commercials in history. Produced in Rome, Italy, "Hilltop" harnessed the power of Coca-Cola to connect people and make them smile.
All kinds of fun things to do for young and old alike at McDonalds Happy Meal website