Tuesday, December 24, 1991

Paul McCartney's "Pipes of Peace": Christmas 1914

PAUL MCCARTNEY
PIPES OF PEACE

"I light a candle to our love In love our problems disappear
  • But all in all we soon discover
    That one and one is all we long to hear
  • All round the world Little children being born to the world
    Got to give them all we can till the war is won
    Then will the work be done
  • Help them to learn (help them to learn)
    Songs of joy instead of burn, baby, burn, (burn, baby burn)
    Let us show them how to play the pipes of peace
    Play the pipes of peace
  • Help me to learn
  • Songs of joy Instead of burn, baby, burn
    Won't you show me to play, (how to play) the pipes of peace, (pipes of peace)
    Play the pipes of peace
  • What do you say? (what do you say)
    Will the human race be run in a day? (in a day)
    Or will someone save this planet we're playing on?
    Is it the only one? (what are we going to do?)
  • Help them to see (help them to see)
    That the people here are like you and me, (you and me)
    Let us show them how to play, (how to play)
    The pipes of peace (pipes of peace)
    Play the pipes of peace Ooh...
    I light a candle to our love In love our problems disappear
    But all in all we soon discover That one and one is all we long to hear
  • All 'round the world Little children being born to the world
    Got to give them all we can 'til the war is won
    Then will the work be done
  • Help them to learn (help them to learn)
    Songs of joy instead of burn, baby, burn(burn, baby burn)
    Let us show them how to play the pipes of peace
    Play the pipes of peace
  • Help me to learn
  • Songs of joy instead of burn, baby, burn
    Won't you show me to play(how to play) the pipes of peace(pipes of
    Peace) Play the pipes of peace
  • What do you say?(what do you say)
    Will the human race be run in a day? (in a day)
    Or will someone save this planet we're playing on?
    Is it the only one? (what are we going to do?)
  • Help them to see (help them to see)
    That the people here are like you and me (you and me)
    Let us show them how to play(how to play)the pipes of
    Peace(pipes of peace) Play the pipes of peace
    Ooh  I light a candle to our love In love our problems disappear
    But all in all we soon discover That one and one is all we long to hear......."

This is an editorial from today's Dallas Morning News..........

A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER

One hundred years ago today, something of a battlefield miracle occurred amid one of the world’s bloodiest conflicts. Soldiers on both sides of the Great War’s front lines let down their guard and allowed faith in the goodness of their fellow man to prevail over hatred and distrust. Warring soldiers put down their weapons, emerged from their trenches and sang “Silent Night” together.
It began with a simple call by Pope Benedict XV on Dec. 7, 1914, “that the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang.” The pope’s words were deemed by many to have resonated throughout the cold trenches of Flanders, where Germans and Britons were locked in mortal struggle.
It was as if both sides grasped the hypocrisy of Christians killing fellow Christians on a day devoted to the peaceful message of Christ’s birth. No account from the witnesses recalls anyone articulating such thoughts. Yet all seemed to grasp the opportunity presented by this special day.
Those who were present in Flanders described an unusual silence that morning as the smoke cleared from incessant artillery and machine-gun fire. British troops heard the faint sound of a German band playing familiar Christmas tunes. One side broke out in a carol, answered by one from the other side. Back and forth, growing louder and more boisterous with each exchange.
Then came a German’s voice: “We good. We no shoot,” recounted British soldiers Frank and Maurice Wray, of the London Rifle Brigade. Soldiers from both sides cautiously approached one another across a no-man’s land, unsure whether this might be a setup for a surprise attack.
What each encountered was nothing more than a few lonely soldiers, anxious to set aside the fighting and celebrate Christmas with their fellow man. Some chatted. Others exchanged small gifts of food, cigarettes, beer or mementos. They sang more songs. A few tried to improvise a soccer match.
Up and down the front lines, word spread of the unofficial Christmas truce. An estimated 100,000 troops joined in.
Of course, the world knows about the awful fighting and millions of deaths that followed. But, for today at least, let’s focus on the message of hope that emerged from a battlefield far away and long ago.
“So Christmas, the celebration of love, made sure that the hated enemies turned into friends for a short time,” German Lt. Kurt Zehmisch wrote in his diary that day. “This Christmas will remain unforgettable.”
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Tuesday, December 17, 1991

1991: And then Yeltsin said that it was over


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It happened fast, and Boris Yeltsin made it official back in 1991:
After a long meeting between Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin, a spokesman for the latter announces that the Soviet Union will officially cease to exist on or before New Year’s Eve. Yeltsin declared that, “There will be no more red flag.” 
It was a rather anti-climactic culmination of events leading toward the dismantling of the Soviet Union. It was a stunner for those of us who had grown up during the Cold War. After all, who would have believed it during the Korean War? Or the Missile Crisis of 1962? Or when the USSR invaded Afghanistan at the end of 1979? Or when “perestroika” was supposed to save the system in the late 1980s?
 
For many of us, it was hard to believe, but it should not have been.  
 
The USSR was in fact a great failure. It was a superpower that could build nuclear weapons but not manufacture a basic tractor. It could subsidize Cuba but could not keep basic foodstuffs on its local shelves.  
 
The collapse of the USSR was also a tribute to a bipartisan foreign policy. From President Harry Truman to President George H.W. Bush, our willingness to identify the enemy and stand tough was too much for the USSR to survive.
 
Are we teaching the real story of communism in our schools?
 
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Monday, November 25, 1991

Happy Thanksgiving

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Have a very nice Thanksgiving Day with your family & friends!

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Thursday, October 31, 1991

We remember Michael Landon (1936-91)


We remember Michael Landon, who was born on this day in 1936 and died in 1991.    Landon was one of the most talented actors or producers of the 20th century, from "Bonanza" to "Little House" to other very successful projects.



Tuesday, October 15, 1991

1991: Clarence Thomas confirmed to The Supreme Court


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The confirmation hearings turned into a disgrace when Clarence Thomas was forced to respond to Anita Hill's charges.    It was a very low point for the US Senate.

The whole thing had nothing to do with their relationship, whatever that was.  It was a last minute attempt by the Democrats to "Bork" Thomas before he had a chance to join the Court.

It was a high tech lynching over abortion, as Mr. Thomas told the committee.

History will judge Thomas.   I'm not capable of judging his opinions or legal knowledge.   He has been a reliable conservative vote in the tradition of Justice Scalia.

No one will ever question Thomas's character, which is a lot stronger than all of the feminists and liberals who took cheap shots at him.

My guess is that Grandpa Thomas is very proud of his grandson Clarence!

For more on about Justice Thomas' life, read his wonderful memoir.

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Friday, January 18, 1991

We remember David Ruffin (1941-91)


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We remember David Ruffin who was born in Mississippi on this day in 1941.  

In the 1960's, David was one of The Temptations, the great Motown group.  He sang lead on "My girl".

David died in 1991.

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Wednesday, January 16, 1991

1991: The First Gulf War


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On this day in 1991, the First Gulf War began.   

It all started when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August 1990.    The US, and UN, demanded Iraq's withdrawal but it did not happen.   My guess is that Hussein did not expect that President Bush would send ground troops and kick him out.

In the end, it was a smashing victory and Kuwait was liberated.  Unfortunately, President Bush lost re-election in 1992 and President Clinton did not confront Iraq and their constant violations of UN resolutions.   

So we had to go back in March 2003.

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