Please forgive me

Veterans Day has its genesis in President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation nearly a century ago (1919). It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”[2]

Family members and good friends have served in the military. My Uncle refused to pick up arms but he wanted to serve in WWII and so he was assigned an ambulance to drive in the Sinai — the very same Sinai I’m trying to cross today. (I wish Uncle Jack was with me in Cairo.)

Every military in the world fights for peace and justice, as President Wilson proclaimed. They want their peace and their justice at the expense of the other’s death and destruction, no matter what the injustices they might inflict on the other.

It’s about time we recognize that we are one on this planet. God/Allah/Yahweh teaches us that we are one.


I want to apologize to each and every veteran anywhere in the world — present, past and future — for the colossal failure of our government and every government on this planet to solve our differences peacefully.

War = diplomatic failure. War = traumas that no human should endure. War = a bonanza for the military industrial complex. Conventional war breeds unconventional terrorists. War = refugees.

I’m so sorry. Please forgive me and my generation for all of our failures.

Palestinian child's drawing in Gaza

Palestinian child’s drawing in Gaza

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