War has always been a merciless act. If we turn over the pages of history we find that conquerors in the past took delight in bloodshed, cruelty and plunder. Of all things it is the demon of war which we should hate. War-mongers may love it but the common man wants peace. Wars are always terrifying and horrible.

The world has seen two devastating wars during the last sixty-seven years in which both the victors and the vanquished were reduced to misery. Practically every country of the world suffered during these two wars. Millions of men, women and children were made homeless and suffered from poverty, hunger and disease. The scene of destruction caused by these wars was horrible. In fact, “hell” itself was let loose. War not only destroys the body; it also kills the soul. Morals and manners go to the winds. They behave in a most cruel and inhuman way. Sacred traditions are totally forgotten. Spiritual beliefs of many are shaken. Man becomes a beast. Wars have become more dangerous in the present times. The numerous destructive weapons invented by men of science can put an end to the entire world in on time. Ours is an atomic age. The latest development of warcraft, the missiles and anti-missiles have made wars more dangerous. Nuclear war, if fought, will leave no one victorious. It is high time that the people of the world should realise the severity of war. They should try to preserve peace.

The very idea of war is terrible. Let us hope that good sense prevails upon all. Let those who believe in violence learn a lesson from the horrible devastation caused by the world wars. They should hate all acts of violence in the settlement of disputes so that a world war is avoided.

RABBIA WASI,

Karachi, November 4.