Today is “International Peace Day,” which is a U.N. “let’s pat ourselves on our bureaucratic backs” holiday that completely ignores some of the reason(s) there is peace in the first place.
Here’s a little bit of Wikipedia background:
The International Day of Peace occurs annually on September 21. It is dedicated to peace, or specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. It is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples.
[In 1981] The United Nations General Assembly declared, in a resolution sponsored by Costa Rica, the third Tuesday of September (the opening day of regular sessions of the General Assembly) as the International Day of Peace devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace.
So on this day, I’d like to take a different sort of approach. Instead of acknowledging the contributions to peace of, say, John and Yoko (I have yet to hear about any nut case who decided to give peace a chance just because they heard “Give Peace a Chance”) or Rosie O’Donnell (a “peace activist” who doesn’t drop her guard but wants the nation to drop theirs) — I’d like to recognize those who have actually had a hand in enforcing the peace. Specifically, the U.S. Armed Forces past and present. Let’s even throw the CIA and the FBI in the mix, since they’ve been so unfairly maligned of late by some of our own politicians.
It seems to have gone unnoticed in some circles, but we haven’t been attacked on our own soil for several years now, and it’s not because there’s an increased rate of standing in a circle holding hands while singing Kum Ba Ya.
Today, on this “International Day of Peace,” let’s all say “thank you” to our veterans and active military. Throughout our history, they’ve fought for, and won, independence. They have helped put an end to slavery, oppression, genocide and all manner of craziness put forth by every spiral-eyed deranged dictator and tin-pot wanker on the planet, all this with nary a nod of appreciation from the “pro-peace” bunch who enjoy the fruits of this sacrifice and then, ironically, ignore it on International Days of Peace. If you’re staying cool in the shade, don’t forget to be grateful for the umbrella — that’s all I’m saying.