Wednesday, 12 November 2008

We will remember them

I am still writing the New Zealand diary - promise! Events have overtaken me, and have made it difficult to sit down and write...

However, today, it is 90 years since the end of World War I, a war which changed the face of the world; the "war to end all wars".

The number of casualties recorded is only an estimate at best: this website gives figures of between 7 and 8.5 million dead; 22 and 37 million total casualties (not including MIA). (This one concurs with the slightly lower numbers) This is only for soldiers, of course, and doesn't count the civilian casualties.

For a perspective, Wiki gives the 2006 population of Greater London as 7.5 million. The Stats NZ website gives the entire population of New Zealand as 4.2 million.

And the "War to end all Wars" has been followed by conflict after conflict after conflict; the whole 20th Century has been marred by continuous violence.

It would be so nice if we could use this anniversary as the marking line, to say "No More".

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