Category Archives: peace

The Sacrifice Of War

After the Fall of Troy the Eastern Mediterranean endured several centuries of chaos. Greece was consumed by wars between the city-states and Asia Minor suffered anarchy until the rise of the Persian Empire. The collapse of Saddam’s Baathist dictatorship in Iraq has created a black hole of violence fueled by money and weapons. Syria’s collapse […]


The Great War of 1914-1918 ended on the 11th minute of the 11th hour or the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. My grandfather and grandmother were in France, serving as doctor and nurse with the Royal Canadian Medical Expedition. They came home with German helmets, bayonets, zeppelin debris, and medals as souvenirs […]


Two Novembers ago I visited the US military cemetery outside Luxembourg City with the British and the American ambassadors. The morning sun struggled to break through the low fog. It would have little success on that day. In December of 1944 over four thousand American fell in the Battle of the Bulge. Our troops had […]


On the 11th minute of 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 a permanent ceasefire was declared along the Eastern and Western fronts. Canadian George Lawrence Price was hit by the sniper’s bullet at 10:58 and he has long been thought to be the last casualty of that conflict, although troops […]


The Fleet in the Dardanelles. April 25, 1915. The British Empire versus The Ottoman Empire. Bloody disaster for Ireland. Only one Dubliner officer survived the landing and of the 1,012 Dubliners who landed, just 11 survived the Gallipoli campaign unscathed. And the rest of the Anzacs fared no better. Fucking tea bag General Staff. Peace. […]