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The Clouds Of Ash Essay

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“Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, women and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley of the whole world our crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace” (Charles Summer).Whenever I allow myself to drown my mind in the past, I allow the wise words of Charles Summer to flood my mind, wash away my daily tensions and consume all my thoughts and attentions. Many around the world lead comfortable lives, blissfully unaware of the suffering of others, but there are many more sufferers. It seems a lot easier for me to say that there is no-one in the world who understands the pangs of war like I do, and once one has heard my story, one would understand why I’d make such statement, but I’d be lying. War has touched and ruined the lives of many others as well, be they soldiers or civilians, adults or children, the wealthy or the wastrels. War is many things but it does not discriminate. It will not hesitate to destroy anything in its path which leads one to wonder about the real reasons why man indulges in it. Man spends billons in arms and armies to destroy his own kind and he always destroys himself in the process. History has never witnessed an exception to that as Bertrand Russell has put in, “War does not determine who is right- only who is left.” Man creates war to prove a point, but little does he realise that war only destroys nations and lives, and it left to man himself to pick up the pieces and clean up the mess. It scars physically, figuratively and emotionally, not only for a lifetime but for generations. The real tragedy and true irony of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst. War is a lot like love, easy to start, hard to end and impossible to forget.Living in war town Palestine, I grew up Surrounded by death, torture, suffering and poverty. The terrible face of conflict taught me many things, but no lesson was more important than perseverance. My people were a nation that clung onto hope and I was proud to be able to call myself a Palestinian. I was only a five-year old boy, but I had seen more that enough bloodshed in my short lifetime. The memories of the death of my mother and brother still send a shiver down my spine to this day, fifty years later. The full moon, in all its pristine beauty, had shone vainly the previous night, bringing in its wake enough light to brighten to the heart of every Muslim that saw it. It was moon of Eid (joyous day), and despite the misfortunes of battle that had darkened our lives, the heart of...

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