This week is Peace Week. Read what Timothy has to say about war. There are lots more interesting reflections on children's individual blogs.
By Timothy from Ruma Manuka
I think war is stupid. Why can’t we just have peace and no exclusion or racism? I think war should be banned.
Peace in the world has never lasted for a long time. I think peace should be when everything is fair, not having some people with more than other people. Peace in the world would be good for everyone.
Fear is like a disease. It spreads. I think fear has started a lot of wars. For example, with the Suez Canal, the Americans were scared of their oil supply being cut off. Fear can lead to violence. Fear can lead to death and destruction. Fear can lead to stupid actions, like torture. But fear can also be a tool. When people are scared, they obey.
Some people think that religion causes wars. Most times people are just blaming religion to hide what was the real cause of the war. One thing religious does cause, is arguments. People argue about who is the real God. This might cause a small fight but nothing major like World War 1 or World War 2.
Why did the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour, causing America to participate in the rest of the second World War? Why do some armies invade other countries over the smallest of offensives? Why don’t we just have one king that rules over all the countries, and the leaders in each separate country?
Why don’t people just ban war?
I really think war is stupid. I don’t know why all the leaders of all the countries haven’t gotten together to ban war completely.