POLITICS Cause of war

Pauli

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To recall the song by Hector, a main Finnish musician, his interpretation of Donovan's classic, caught me in my thoughts of values. I decided to take out all my references concerning the military. Not that I wouldn't be prepared to defend my family and friends and loved ones, but I somehow seemed to loose the meaning in advertising it. Proud as I am of my rank, I seem to have lost my heart to my wife and our kids. Butter cheese, perhaps?

Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/universal-soldier-lyrics-donovan.html


One of my girlfriends made the question, What if there was a war, but no one grabbed weapons? Well, she was a Stalinist, thus I wouldn't really trust her... but the question is apt?
 


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Pauli

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My modest translation of Hector, it's slightly different from Donovan's original: I can't get the text properly managed...

Hän on ammatiltaan sotilas By profession a soldier
hän aina taistelee. he always fights.
Hän on onnellinen työssään kai. Happy in the job, I guess.

Hän tuhoaa ja tappaa, Destroys and kills,
silti aina hymyilee, yet always with a smile,
hän ei tunne rauhaa rakkautta lain. doesn't know peace or love at all.

Hän on uljas mies A valiant man
ja monet taidot meille näyttänyt, shown us plenty of skill,
hän ohjuksin ja keihäin taistelee. he fights with missiles and spear.

Vaikka kuusitoista vuotta on hän juuri täyttänyt, Mere sixteen years old,
silti tuhannetta vuottaan palvelee. he serves his thousandth year.

Hän Kiinan vuoksi taistelee, ja Ranskan, Vietnamin, He fights for China, and France, Vietnam,
hän USA:ta puolustaa, he protects the USA,
hän sodan vuoksi itsensä ja kaiken tuhoaa, for war he destroys himself and everything,
hän luulee siten sodat katoaa. he thinks it's the way to end wars.

Hän on katolinen, ateisti, juutalainenkin, He's a catholic, atheist, even a jew,
ja protestantti, hindu myös. and a protestant, hindu too.
Ja hän tietää ettei tappaa saa, hän tappaa kuitenkin, He knows you shouldn't kill, he kills anyway,
vuoksi minun, sinun, ystäväin. all because of me, you, my friend.

Ilman häntä ei ois koskaan Hitler saanut voittojaan, Without him Hitler would not have had his victories
ilman häntä Caesar yksin jäänyt ois, without him Caesar would have stood alone,
ilman hänenlaisiaan oisko sotaa laisinkaan, without him would there be war at all,
vai oisko kaikki kauhu mennyt pois. or should all terror have gone.

Hän on sotilas, ei enempää, He's a soldier, no more,
te häntä moittikaa, put the blame on him,
vaan ei käskyjään hän kaukaa enää saa, but his orders come from far no more,
hän saa ne sinulta ja minulta, they come from you and me,
voi veljet huomatkaa, oh brothers do see,
näin ei saada sotaa koskaan loppumaan. this is not the way to end war.
 


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