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Armistice DAY: NO MORE “I’m Not Going to Fight NO Wars, No MORE”

November 12, 2015

Armistice DAY: NO MORE “I’m Not Going to Fight NO Wars, No MORE”  “I’m Not Going to Study War no more.”

Veterans For Peace's photo.
Veterans For Peace with Trisha Berends van Loenen and 2 others.

We are reclaiming the original intention of ‪#‎VeteransDay‬ by celebrating‪#‎ArmisticeDay‬ – and a worldwide call for peace that was spurred by universal revulsion at the huge slaughter of World War I back in 1918. After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to re-brand November 11 as Veterans Day. Who could speak against that? But honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism. This November 11, it is as urgent as ever to ring the bells for peace. We must continue to press our government to end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire world. We must call for an end to war. ‪#‎NoWar‬

  • War is Terrorism.

    Down by the Riverside
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    For the film, see Down by the Riverside (film).
    Because of its pacifistic imagery, “Down by the Riverside” has also been used as an anti-war protest song, especially during the Vietnam War.[1]
    The song has many lyrical variations, though usually each stanza follows a standard form, with one sentence that differs from one stanza to the next. The song often begins:

    Gonna lay down my burden
    Down by the riverside
    Down by the riverside
    Down by the riverside.
    Gonna lay down my burden
    Down by the riverside
    Down by the riverside.

    I ain’t gonna study war no more
    study war no more
    ain’t gonna study war no more.
    I ain’t gonna study war no more
    study war no more
    ain’t gonna study oh war no more.

    Other lines that can appear in stanzas, in place of “Gonna lay down my burden”, include:

    Gonna lay down my sword and shield
    Gonna stick my sword in the golden sand
    Gonna try on my long white robe
    Gonna try on my starry crown
    Gonna put on my golden shoes
    Gonna talk with the Prince of Peace
    Gonna shake hands around the world
    Gonna cross the river Jordan
    Gonna climb upon that mountain
    Gonna climb the road to heaven
    The song’s central image is of casting off negativity and aggression, and putting on spiritual garb, at the side of a river before crossing it. The image has several meanings: it refers to baptism, which in the Southern Baptist tradition usually involves wearing a white robe and being submerged in a body of water. It also refers to ascending to heaven after death, using the metaphor of the River Jordan, which in the Old Testament was the final passage before the Hebrews entered the Promised Land after their years in the desert.[4] As with many Negro spirituals, the biblical imagery can also be read as a hidden allusion to escaping slavery, with the river representing the Ohio River, which was a border between states where slavery was allowed and prohibited before the American Civil War.[5]

    The refrain of “ain’t gonna study war no more” is a reference to a quotation found in the Old Testament: “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”[1] This quote occurs twice in the Bible, in Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3, and is part of the swords to ploughshares motif.

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