One hundred years on from the armistice that ended the First World War (11th November 1918), how has our world changed? Most of us, living in the United Kingdom, may feel that we live in a time of Peace. But is this true?
The United Kingdom:
88 Years of Military Conflict / 12 Years of ‘Peace’
1899-1920 The Dervish State vs Ethiopia, Britain and Italy
1914-1918 The First World War
1917-1922 The Russian Revolution and Civil War
1919 Third Anglo-Afghan War
1919-1920 First British-Waziristan War
1919-1921 The Irish War of Independence
1920-1921 Iraq vs UK
1921-1922 Moplah Riots in Kerala
1922-1923 The Irish Civil War
1930-1932 Saya San Rebellion
1936-1939 Second British-Waziristan
1936-1939 Arab revolt in Mandatory Palestine
1939-1945 The Second World War
1940-1941 Franco-Thai War
1945-1946 Indonesian Independence
1947-1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine
1947-1991 The Cold War
1948-1960 The Malayan Civil War
1950-1953 The Korean War
1952-1960 The Kenya Emergency or The Mau Mau Uprising
1956 The Sinai War or Suez Crisis
1963-1967 The Aden Emergency
1968-1998 Northern Ireland, The Troubles
1982 Falklands War
1990-1991 First Gulf War
1992-1995 The Bosnian War
1998-1999 The Kosovo War
2001- The Global War on Terrorism
2001-2015 The War in Afghanistan
2003-2011 The Iraq War and Insurgency
2011- Libyan Civil War
With wars now fought in far off countries, by professional soldiers and remote technology, it is too easy to ignore their reality. Long gone are the days when kings and chiefs led their soldiers in battle. If politicians paid this price for their decisions would they be the same? If you were expected to offer up your life would you be willing? And for what cause: cheap oil, mineral rights and corporate coffers?
We are all responsible for every continuing conflict.
Peace starts in every one of us, not only in how we feel, but also how we act and our choices. Use the power of your choices to make a difference:
Wear a White Poppy in remembrance of Armistice – the suspension of hostilities in order to discuss peace.
Choose ethical options for your money, in banking and your purchases.