when wars ended
I was watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with my wife this weekend (it always takes us two to three nights to watch a movie, sometimes longer) and I was struck by the celebration toward the beginning of the film. The streets were filled with happy citizens celebrating the end of World War I. All I could think was – “Back when wars ended.” – which is a terrifying thought. Does anyone think we will see a similar day, a day when we can say “The war is over!” and go out into the streets to celebrate?
Equally frightening is the thought that even if such a thing were to happen – if someday the President were to declare an end to the War on Terror (should some peace treaty be signed between us and terrorism…) – it is quite likely nobody would go out into the streets to celebrate. It would be a day like any other for the vast majority of Americans who were never asked to sacrifice a damn thing for these wars. There is no “war effort” anymore. These are effortless wars, and endless too.