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Veteran’s Day 2012

Yesterday was the official 94th anniversary of the ending of World War I. It was described as “the war to end all wars.” Official statistics indicate that 16 million men and women died and another 20 million were wounded. The madness of the final few hours was that the combatants kept fighting right up to 11:00 AM on 11 November, 1918. The last soldier killed was a 40 year old British coal miner. If I had been there I would have sat down when I got up on the 11th of November and” let the clock run out.” All of the poor survivors felt good about making it through this awful war. Little did they know that an epidemic of Spanish influenza was about to follow. It killed another 20 million people worldwide. Sadly this was nothing compared to the 56 million official war deaths in World War II and another 40 million who died in the Soviet Union due to purges, famines, etc. It does not include the 6 million Jewish people who died at the hands of the Nazis. War still goes on today. At least the casualties are not what they were in these awful conflicts in the last century.


About tatamkuluafrica

I am a man who has lived n 6 of the 7 continents. I first arrived in Africa on April 18, 1981. Africa has been a part of my life since. I spent 8 months living in a Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I was given he nickname Tatamkulu Africa. In Xhosa it means "Grandfather Africa." In April of 1994 I was allowed to vote in the first democratic election in South Africa..I was honored to be part of such a historical moment. It was a beautiful and a magical day.

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