In the New York Times article: “What Every Person Should Know About War” published July 6, 2003, the following observations were made:
“Of the past 3,400 years humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history.”
“At least 108 million people were killed in wars in the twentieth century.”
According to this article, war is defined as an active conflict that has claimed more than 1,000 lives.
As we think about Memorial Day weekend, the sacrifices of the people we honor are a bright light against the black backdrop of evil in the world. For the most part, the wars and conflicts in which we have been engaged as a nation were and are to repel those who would threaten life, liberty and the wellbeing of our nation or others who need our help.