Tuesday, September 11th in the year two thousand and one,
Is a day which is still fresh in our mind,
But is it one which will go down in history?
Will it have any lasting effect on mankind?
There were a number of days in the last century,
Each of which made an impact on the future of mankind,
As time passes by these can fade from our memory,
But if we look deeply their importance is easy to find.
August 4th in the year of nineteen fourteen ,
The whole of Europe was suddenly plunged into war,
A generation of our young men was squandered,
At the end the world wondered what is what all for.
November 11th in the year of nineteen eighteen ,
Was the day when the armistice was signed,
Germany was disarmed and thought to be impotent,
But they were not happy with the future they were assigned.
On January 30th of the nineteen thirty three Adolf Hitler came to power,
He ignored the conditions agreed by the League of Nations ,
He began to rearm despite the ban which had been imposed,
He set in train his plan for world domination.
September 3rd of the year nineteen thirty nine ,
The day that the British people heard the news they feared,
That Germany had not responded to its ultimatum,
All hopes for peace had suddenly disappeared,
Once again Europe was plunged into conflict,
Once again millions of lives were lost,
The world took years to recover from the desolation,
It was truly impossible to assess the cost.
September 15th of the year of nineteen forty ,
Which was the culmination of the battle of Britain ,
The day that Germany mounted its most severe bombing raid,
The day another chapter in the annuals of glory was written,
The day of which Winston Churchill was heard to say,
Something that still rings out clear and true,
“That never before in the field of human conflict,
Was so much been owed by so many to so few”.
Another day which we should remember,
December 7th of the year nineteen forty one ,
When Japan launched its attack on Pearl Harbor ,
With this all hopes of peace in the pacific were gone,
Declared by President Roosevelt to be “a day of infamy,
It resulted in America joining in the war,
The end came when atom bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ,
These two dates will be remembered for evermore.
July 21st of the year nineteen sixty nine is another important date,
When man first landed on the surface of the moon,
It was said to be “a giant step for mankind”,
Maybe this claim was made too soon,
For what difference has this made to mankind,
At the moment this is difficult for us to see,
We for do not know what the future holds,
But one day man might be able to travel to another galaxy,
So far the moon landing has stimulated space travel,
A dream that fills many folk with fascination,
Some rich people have already paid to fly into space,
One-day space may become a holiday destination.
November 9th of nineteen eighty nine saw the demolition of the Berlin wall,
A wall built to divide Communist East Berlin from the West,
With its demolition came German reunification,
To many people this was for the best,
The communist bloc gradually disintegrated,
There was a gradual reduction in the effects of the cold war,
Everyone was hoping that would reduce tension,
And from then on the world would know peace for everyone.
The illusion of peace has been shattered,
By the terrorist attacks on the USA ,
Until then acts of terrorism seem to have been accepted,
Some thought it was the perogative of the I.R.A,
But the attack on America brought it all into focus,
Suddenly it was released that Muslims extremism was a threat,
That the whole of the western civilisation was in danger,
That this a problem which had to be met.
The United Nations decided it was time for action,
That terrorism throughout the world most be defeated,
Otherwise the world would never know real peace,
And would know more tragedies if the attacks were repeated.
This was not the first act of terrorism against America ,
Previously an Embassy and a warship had been attacked,
But the world never appreciated the true situation,
Not until the day the three airlines were hijacked.
Osama Bin Laden has been named as the instigator,
The Americans have set out to bring about his downfall,
But his terrorist cells have spread throughout the world,
It is doubtful if his death would have much effect at all.
The Al Qúeda has been incited to hatred of Western civilisation,
That it must be attacked in their minds has been instilled,
Until they realise that their efforts are ineffective,
It is unlikely that any real hope for peace will fulfilled.
Will September 11th be a day that is remembered,
Certainly it will be by many of those alive today,
But whether it will go down in history,
It is very difficult for us to say.
Will terrorism have any lasting effect on mankind,
It depends on how the problem is perceived,
But with mans propensity for self destruction,
It is hard to see how peace can be achieved.
These dates we have recalled are all important,
Their effects on mankind have been profound,
But somehow the troubles of the world still exist
Lets hope that one-day a formula for peace will be found