May 23, 2006

I was listening to a radio show from 1945. The title of the show is ON A NOTE OF TRIUMPH. It was in its day thought to be a great show. It was written and directed by Norman Corwin, a writer and director of radio shows. He had it prepared and ready to air when Germany was defeated. It went on the air May 8, 1945 on the CBS network. It is very moving. But for me it was also in a way very sad. The thoughts of a job well done and finally to have peace again was on all their minds. This time they were sure the world had learned it’s lesson and would give peace a try, a phrase I read somewhere in a book or someone saying it, a good phrase. But looking back from where we are now, sixty years in the future, we know it was a lesson not learned. America has participated in three wars since then, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf war. If you take into account WWI, then just about every twenty years it seems talking peace does not work and killing takes place, a disheartening record for the human race.