Mike Sales wrote:I was too young for conscription, and no war has been fought in this country in my time. But huge numbers have died all over the world in war violence in my lifetime
Relative to the human population the number who die through violence is small compared with previous years. A conservative estimate is that Genghis Khan killed 5% of the world's population during 20 years in power. That would be the same as Syria's Assad killing 350 million since he came to power.
Yes, I sometimes think about Gengis Khan's massacres. The accounts are horrible, huge pyramids of skulls.
Assad may have killed fewer (he has had less scope!) but the death and destruction in that country is truly appalling. The refugees he has driven out are suffering greatly. I am very glad to have been lucky enough to live in this country.
I am sure I don't really have to name all the countries now suffering in a similar way, like the Yemen.
Past suffering does not diminish theirs, but it does reinforce my gratitude for my good luck.
The horrors of WWII in Europe do not bear too much thinking about.