If you took away the conflict
And you did away with all the wars
If you put bars on all the windows
and boarded up all the doors
If there were no bombs or killing
no weapons of any kind
No bleeding soldiers or suffering
would freedom still be mine ?
If all the graves were empty
that the ravages of war have filled
and there were no headstones of Arlington
and if innocent blood was never spilled
And instead of hate and envy,
peace reigned forever and a day
and all men could walk together
Could we put the horror of war away ?
I question the honor of nations
Not the honor of men,
For I see the sacrifice of freedom
as I search the names on the Wall again
And if the Forefathers of our country
turned their backs on these hellish times
and buried with them the principle of peace
would freedom still be Thine ?