What if…

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Kinshasa, RD Congo

What if…all the soldiers in the world were to have dinner with those they were fighting against, on December 25th.  A dinner where they would share food, pictures of their families and tell stories about the places they lived.  If they could eat together and laugh together, would they still be able to kill each other the next day?

War is about killing strangers.  If soldiers became friends would war be possible?

 

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by hitandrun1964

7 thoughts on “What if…

  1. Sadly, I think they could. There’s a famous incident from WWI when soldiers from both sides of the trenches sang Silent Night together and played football on Christmas Day, but went back to hostilities immediately afterwards. http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/truce.asp

    Of course it can work too. Once upon a time in ancient Greece, people living near the border got tired of a long war and agreed on peace maybe ten years before their leaders did. That worked because the leaders were far away and probably never guessed what had happened. (I couldn’t find a link for this, but I’m pretty sure it’s true.)

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  2. There is an older movie about soldiers American and German celebrating Christmas together. Moving and they were profoundly changed. Hate is like an evil snowball rolling along gathering more snow and growing more hate. The face of the enemy is you. Make peace with yourself and you will hate no more. In a perfect, peaceful world I guess.

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