Thursday, 29 December 2011
I also visited Ypres and Ghent, and on Christmas Day made a side trip to a World War One cemetery. It was very sobering to see thousands of small white headstones, many of which had no name on them - simply "A soldier of the Great War". It was saddening to see all those young men who lost their chance of a life, and reminded me of John Lennon's words - "War is over, if you want it". I recalled that incident when at Christmas 1914, soldiers from both sides emerged from the trenches and sang songs and played football, only to return to killing each other. "War is over, if you want it". If only.