Jaw Jaw War War

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They’d found the tunnel at last.
It had taken fifty years: supranationals, governments, and peace movements had been sweating away for all those years, talking, negotiating, bargaining, mediating, as well as schmoozing, begging, cajoling and threatening, but seemingly to no avail.
But then they found the tunnel.
“Peace In Our Time,” screamed the headlines, “No More War”, “Spears into Ploughs”.
Monarchs, Presidents, and Prime Ministers all promised peace dividends, battleships became community centres, soldiers signed up for flower arranging classes.
A lone voice in India cried out, “Yes, it’s the tunnel, but as yet there’s no light.”
Nobody paid attention…


Written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers 100 word challenge found here. We dare you.

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33 Responses to Jaw Jaw War War

  1. Oh! I love this take on the prompt. Especially soldiers signing up for flower arranging classes. It made me laugh but say, “Good for them!” at the same time. Too bad there’s no light. Everything seems so ‘right.’ Well done.

  2. Why does no one learn from history? Of course, some don’t even read it. Good writing, Patrick. —- Suzanne

  3. Michael Wynn says:

    This carries a grave warning, we’ve fooled ourselves over and over throughout history

  4. Well done. As Iain said, it’s very appropriate for today’s world climate. No one sees the light.

  5. Chilling, and unsurprising, sadly.

  6. yarnspinnerr says:

    The meanings of war and peace are patterns embedded in thought. A great take.

  7. Nan Falkner says:

    Sounds like heaven on Earth! Really liked the vivid description of a tunnel with no light. Good writing! Nan

  8. People see what want to see and have an amazing ability to ocerlook all else. People once said, “This Nazi thing in Germany will blow itself out in time.”

  9. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Wow, this piece says so much. Nicely done.

  10. Dear Patrick,

    This one does pack a wallop. Everyone’s crying for peace but no one’s willing to do what it takes to make it happen, Well done.



  11. Dale says:

    Neil stole my words!
    Yep… all that blah blah blah and nothing changes…

  12. wmqcolby says:

    All that rhetoric and all those officials and STILL no light. Good stuff, Patrick! You packed it to go.

  13. granonine says:

    Everything changes and everything stays the same.

  14. I like the buildup of each paragraph. Ending is perfect.

  15. neilmacdon says:

    Even if there is a light, who’s to say it’s not an oncoming train?

  16. Iain Kelly says:

    The metaphor of the tunnel with no light at the end of it could apply to so many things around the globe today. Nice take.

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