Today marks 91 years since the signing of the Armistice between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Rethondes, France, for the end of hostilities on the Western Front. While this official date to mark the end of the war, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and parts of the old Ottoman Empire.
There is no glory in war. War is brutal, cruel and repugnant. Innocent civilians, along with our armed forces, die in the most horrendous, hellish circumstances. Thousands of our armed forces are left with severely broken bodies and broken minds. Many will never recover enough to lead a normal life.
War should be the very last resort for any country to consider. History proves that all wars end in verbal communication with all sides. In recent years it has become much too easy for our politicians to send our troops to battle without sound reason. The millions who protested against the invasion of Iraq were ignored and those who kept silent were counted, by the politicians, as assenters.
These wars cause the long-term security of our islands to be questionable. The invaded will have long memories. The price of Iraq and now Afghanistan is too great.
Have a read of this while you listen to the beautiful, haunting music of the video.