“If this day you only knew what makes for peace—
Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back after something has already happened,
it’s easy to see what changes would have been beneficial.
It’s easy to find an option that would have led to a different
outcome. But once things have been done, it’s hard to undo
them. Once you’re in a war, it’s hard to get out. In
the midst of a war, it’s tempting to look back and try to
figure out how the war might have been avoided. When soldiers and
civilians are dying, we want to think, could this have been avoided?
Could there have been some appropriate way to keep peace instead
of waging war? And the people who start the wars are almost never
the same people who fight them! But once it’s started, it’s
hard to go back. You can’t unkill the people. And you can’t
always just stop in the middle. Once a thing is started, you can’t
go back and redo and change the situation. And there is only destruction
ahead. The people did not recognize the signs or take the appropriate
steps that could have avoided the demise.
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