"Now we can send mankind to the moon
And we can reach to the bottom of the sea
That’s why it really kind of baffles me
That we cannot end wars and bring peace
…. That’s why I am
I’m calling on the whole wide world
Come on people would you help me
Let’s scream and shout cause we want peace”
Rap Singer/Songwriter Emmanuel Jal from his song We Want Peace
America has been at war since the class of 2013 was in elementary school. But just like your parents and most the citizens of our country, most of you will never know what it means to be on the front lines or caught in the crossfire between armed soldiers. We’re fortunate in that regard. But does that mean we should support America’s wars in other lands without ever thinking about the havoc it wreaks on the soldiers who serve or the innocent civilians just like you and your family?
“And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?
And night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M.16?
And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
God help me, I was only nineteen.”
“Just a naïve boy from Austin
I thought that war was just a game
After my first day out in Baghdad
I could only hang my head in shame
Saw a little girl stranded in the street
A bullet took her down before I could reach my feet.
…… Just bring me home.”