How can the Christmas Truce of 1914 relate to the present climate our deported veterans will live this Christmas of 2020? I began thinking - who is the enemy in 2020 that they are facing? As I reviewed the events of 1914, and the present situation we are facing, a very strong word came to mind. Who is the enemy? Perhaps hate, which is used as fear to create a fictitious enemy. As the story of 1914 states, when British and German soldiers opened a dialogue, they came to understand they were fighting for the same ideals: freedom.
A soccer game. A song sung in two languages together. If just for a moment. Of course this moment was relatively short lived, and soon, as McCutcheon sings, “they went back to the business of war.” But they were changed. They knew they were killing other sons and brothers and fathers and uncles. And for what? And for whom?
The collection is titled Fighting the Bad War, 17 short stories, 9 set in VN, the other 8 in the post VN lives of characters met in the first 9 stories.
John Amidon writes a review of Bending the Arc
Striving for Peace and Justice in the Age of Endless War by Steve Breyman, John W. Amidon, and Maureen Baillargeon Aumand, editors