Buffy Sainte-Maries sang “Universal Soldier” kom i 1964. Det tok ikke lang tid før den ble en av anti-krigsbevegelsens viktigste sanger, selv om den ble boikottet av de fleste amerikanske radiostasjonene.

“Den handler om hver enkelts personlige ansvar, sa Buffy Sainte-Marie om sangen, som i dag fins i den kanadiske “Songwriting Hall of Fame”.

“Universal Soldier” er mer aktuell enn noensinne. Det nytter ikke å lesse alt ansvaret for alle kriger over på politiske ledere. De som er lydige verktøy for krigshisserne, er også ansvarlige.

Universal Soldier

(Buffy Sainte-Marie)

He’s five foot-two and he’s six feet-four
He fights with missiles and with spears
He’s all of 31 and he’s only 17
Been a soldier for a thousand year

He’a a Catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jain
A Buddhist, and a Baptist, and a Jew
And he knows he shouldn’t kill
And he knows he always will
Kill you for me, my friend, and me for you

And he’s fighting for Canada
He’s fighting for France
He’s fighting for the U.S.A
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 them at Labau?
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 to blame
His orders come from far away no more
They come from here and there and you and me
And brothers, can’t you see?
This is not the way we put the end to war

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