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Two wars is enough
12:47pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Letters
WHEN I think back to an earlier time, before computers, I could write a few words and feel pleased if it got published.
Now, after 40 years of writing and typing, I feel nervous.
I would really rather keep my head down.
Things may not be quite black and white.
Next year we’ll be commemorating those who really did have reason to keep their heads down.
A few weeks ago, on television, I watched MPs talking of the nature of the events they hoped would take place.
I’m very grateful that I have never been sent off to a war, and I feel increasingly unsure about the wars that are being fought in this world.
What happened 99 years ago was portrayed, at first, as an adventure that might be over by Christmas.
It turned out to be a very nasty adventure indeed.
I find it difficult to see what others see as predictable about war.
I’m suspicious of the motives of those rejecting the less exciting ways of helping.
But I suppose it’s easy to have an Army or Navy and think it might as well do something once you’ve spent so much on it.
Politicians can go away and write their memoirs, the soldiers who pay for their political adventures aren’t able to.
I hope Parliament values and keeps a power it has just exercised.
One event can spark another and two such world events in 100 years are enough.
PETER ANDREWARTHA Weaverham
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