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A Simple Solution for World Peace

Updated on February 23, 2008
Dancing around the Maypole...Does that look fun or what?
Dancing around the Maypole...Does that look fun or what?
It just doesn't get any better than a Happy Meal!
It just doesn't get any better than a Happy Meal!
Warning: This song is addicting.
Warning: This song is addicting.

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.

Ray Evans

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      World Peace Solution - Now we can do it 

      6 years ago

      I found your page on Position 2 in Google searching for World Peace Solution out of 208 Mio results.

      I am interested in this subject for the past 30+ years.

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      vreccc 

      10 years ago from Concord, NH

      I'm not happy at all about us being in Iraq. However, that being said, I never give up a chance to show my appreciation and respect to our soldiers who have served and are still serving in this war. I've heard others talk about what you all experienced coming back from Vietnam and it is terrible. I guess the people back then didn't know how to differentiate between their dissatisfaction for the war and the need to support the troops in spite of that dissatisfaction.

      God Bless.

      Jonathan

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      Ray Evans 

      10 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Thanks Jonathan,

      I didn't realize that McDonalds wielded such power...Happy Meals for everyone!

      Ray

      PS I have no regrets. It was a different time and a different place. I only wish the general public would have been a little more gracious on our return...and hope the same things we experienced don't happen to our boys in Iraq. I didn't kill any babies.

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      vreccc 

      10 years ago from Concord, NH

      Ray,

      Wow!!! Thank you for sharing this. The world does need a happy meal and there could be less wars for it. Also, did you know that no two countries that both have Mcdonald's Restaurants within their borders have ever gone to war with each other.

      I appreciate your service in Vietnam and at the same time I'm sorry you had to go through that.

      Kindest regards my friend.

      Jonathan

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