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The Day World Peace Began And Lasted

The author published two political newspapers, predicted Trump's victory in July 2016, and a recent article on many of Trump's achievements.

The day the guns fell silent....

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All it took was....

All it took was some mercenaries failing to get paid.

When they left for their homes, the shooting stopped.

The other side, longing as they did for their homes and loved ones, went home, too.

The story spread across the globe with photos of joyous reunions, and peace spread.

It was V-E Day and V-J Day multiplied as people began to realize that worldwide peace was really possible.

The United Nations met and banned international shipments of arms, limiting manufacturers to domestic sales for marksmanship and hunting, saying "Hunting of humans must stop."

Arms manufacturers laid off employees, or switched to producing ventilators and the personal protective equipment needed to fight contagious diseases such as the flu, and the ongoing threats from corona viruses. Laboratories previously devoted to military toxins for killing, quickly devoted themselves to cures for the living.

Governments began talks among themselves on new arms treaties, and the elimination of nuclear weapons to be converted when possible to nuclear power generators for domestic use. Iran and America shared in a joint project to end the use of fossil fuels once and for all.

Furthermore, the massive land armies of America, Russia, China, and India began retraining programs to integrate their military personnel into peacetime civilian professions. Meanwhile a large number of their personnel were reassigned to stacking weapons, removing mines, and mothballing all manner of military hardware from ships and planes to tanks and trucks, with the trucks offered to demobilizing soldiers willing to take up farming on closed down testing ranges and other former military installations for which irrigation projects were being designed.

Some military personnel directly transferred into public safety, medical, and mental health positions. No one kidded themselves that domestic crime and gangs would cease to exist, but now redirected assets and funding were also working for their control and elimination.

Education and poverty were among the first programs to receive funds previously wasted on the so-called military/industrial complexes of countries. Once free to invest in the welfare of their people what had previously been spent on mutual preparedness, economies thrived, health improved, and prosperity increased across the globe.

The world was nervous, hopeful, celebratory, all at one and the same time.

Could it truly last? Would some authoritarian regime somewhere, anywhere, try to take advantage of the public euphoria to seek world domination, or even advantage over a neighbor from nothing more than greed? Only time would tell.

Peace activists and peacekeepers stood at the head of parades, and sat in the councils of state, determined that this one, glorious opportunity be seized and made permanent.

Thus began the world peace we have enjoyed until today.

At one of our own celebrations, I recalled the saying: "What man can visualize, he can achieve." It may have taken that too long delayed payday for some mercenaries, but it happened, and mosques and churches were full again with thankful worshippers giving God the praise.


The Doomsday Clock was reset, hopefully forever.

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© 2020 Demas W Jasper

Comments

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on August 16, 2020:

John, How do you define "really want it"? Most people can't even imagine it (the purpose of this short story). Watch and see whether or not, in all the rhetoric generated by the last 75 days of the USA's general election, any aspiration for peace is even mentioned. Do you still have ten digits to count them on?

Ann Carr from SW England on August 10, 2020:

Powerful piece, well-written. How I wish it could be! But if we stop thinking it could, then it won't will it?

How do you stop the negatives of human nature? With difficulty. But we can try.

Lots to think about but, more than that, lots to do, Demas.

Ann

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 09, 2020:

Demas, oh how I wish this scenario becomes a reality..sooner than later. It is certainly possible if enough people really want it.

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