From where I’m standing on my balcony at the retirement home, it looks suspiciously as though a war is about to break out. Not one of those local wars that go on in Africa or other dark parts, but a big war, a full-scale war, a global war like World War I or World War II. And the focal point is Syria, a small unimportant country at the eastern end of the Mediterranean. It has no gold or oil and in fact, nothing that anyone else wants or is prepared to fight over. So far in their local fighting, over 90,000 people have died while the world watched and shrugged their shoulders – “None of our business!” 

But now America is sending fighting equipment to neighboring Jordan while China and Russia are rubbing their hands at the prospect of testing their new weaponry in real time and in real warfare. 

Next year, 2014, will be exactly 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, perhaps an auspicious year to start another world war and reduce the populations of some countries. We seniors have been in this movie before and we warn you of the dire consequences of a world war, this time one which will use nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. Take another look at the damage and poisoning of the earth by the meltdowns in Chernobyl back in the 80s and Japan not so many years ago. This war that you seem to be intent on conducting will do much more damage than that. It will make the Middle East uninhabitable for centuries. How will you collect your precious oil? 

We implore you youngsters to stop this madness before it becomes unstoppable. We gave you a planet in fair condition. You owe it to the future generations to look after it in your tenure.