News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Opinion

December 11, 2012

RONN MOTT: “Peace on Earth”

TERRE HAUTE — And then the Angel said, “Peace on Earth, good will to men.”

Boy, have we messed that up!  

Most of the world’s religions propagate doing good, not killing your neighbors, and try to find a way to live peacefully. If that is the case, why are we in such a damn big hurry to do just the opposite?  

World War I ended in a rather dramatic way. The guns fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Then came the Russian Revolution, and it rambled on and killed a million or more people.

Then we had civil war in China and small wars in Central and South America. Many of these, the United States of America managed to stay out of.

Then came along Japanese imperial aggression and the war in China took a different turn. Germany was starving and, out of desperation, elected Adolph Hitler. He could talk about the future as if he was going to invent it. And he tried. He dressed up his politicos in brown shirts and black shirts and they marched up and down the streets and Germany applauded.

War was not too far behind. Only this time America would be in the forefront in what would become known as World War II. World War II ended in 1945 but the conflicts did not.

The French had all kinds of problems. The French Indo-Chinese, who wanted to be called natives of Vietnam, would put the knockout punch to the French in 1954. Meanwhile, the North Koreans and their Russian and Chinese power brokers thought it was time to invade South Korea, and they did. (The 38th Parallel had been the dividing line between the communist Koreans and the not-so communist Koreans in the South.)

Harry Truman put a stop to the North Korean advance by wheeling out Douglas MacArthur and some other very good leaders and we drove the North Koreans back to the Yalu River before 400,000 Chinese put a stop to our advance. The 38th Parallel is still the dividing line between the two countries. South Korea sells us automobiles.

The North Koreans have a starving population and a leadership of morons. Burma has a military dictatorship that may be ending somewhat. There is conflict in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and a bloody civil war in Syria.

Peace on Earth, and good will to men just ain’t doing very well.

I would wish for you and yours to find a small amount of happiness in a world that has totally ignored the ideologies they worship. In spite of all of that, I would hope for peace on Earth and good will toward men.

Maybe, just maybe, someday it will come true.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Raw: Black Boxes of Downed Jetliner Turned Over Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens of Gaza Targets Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror'
NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity