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He’s 5 foot 2 and he’s 6 feet 4
He fights with missiles and with spears
He’s all of 31 and he’s only 17.
He’s been a soldier for a thousand years

He’s a catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain
A Buddhist, and a Baptist and Jew.
And he knows he shouldn’t kill
And he knows he always will kill
You’ll for me my friend and me for you

And He’s fighting for Canada.
He’s fighting for France.
He’s fighting for the USA.
And he’s fighting for the Russians.
And he’s fighting for Japan
And he thinks we’ll put an end to war this way.

And He’s fighting for democracy,
He’s fighting for the reds
He says it’s for the peace of all.
He’s the one, who must decide,
who’s to live and who’s to die.
And he never sees the writing on the wall.

But without him,
how would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau?
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He’s the one who gives his body
as a weapon of the war.
And without him all this killing can’t go on

He’s the universal soldier
And he really is the blame
His orders comes from
far away no more.

They come from him.
And you and me.
And brothers can’t you see.
This is not the way we put an end to war

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    billklein47Jun 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm
    I am 74 and a Vietnam Vet. Teach our children the true horror of war. Teach them to fight the Revolution against their own demons. The battle with guns against supposed demons outside of me always lays waste to the society outside of me and poisons my heart. Victory over your demons will wake up deep love of yourself and of your community.
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    UnregisteredJan 22, 2014 at 5:05 am
    Yes, I know what this song is about and so does anybody else who has ever heard it. This song, unlike all the drug songs from the same period, is written in the lines, not between them, and it means precisely what it says. If you still don't get it, here you go: If there were no young people willing to go half-way around the world, meet exotic people and then kill them, the killing would be ended. Since you can't have a war without killing people, there would be no more war.
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    UnregisteredMar 29, 2012 at 6:11 am
    Even though most of society is not in favor of war, most people will still buy stock in a military contractor, or go to work in the defense industry. They just shrug their shoulders and stop thinking about it, because that's what is expected of them. But if we just stop supporting war with our actions, and be an example for others, then maybe it will come to be seen as a more viable option for others in the future.
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    UnregisteredJan 16, 2012 at 9:45 am
    In 1970, when buffy wrote this, i faced being conscripted to go and kill people. I decided that was an invalid action. I would not do it. I am pacifist. All these years later, that has moulded my life. We are responsible for what we do. Ends do not justify means. Means are the ends. Ie what we do and how we do it is the goal. Thank you buffy.

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