“It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge. War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner. That is the way it was and will be. That way and not some other way.” ― Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian Better education, reducing poverty, greater tolerance for other beliefs, better trade agreements, etc are all factors that might prevent some wars and should be explored. But the quote above by some clever American playwright (whom English teachers will know more about then me) suggests that armed conflicts will never be totally eradicated. There will always be the need for people (and animals) to defend freedoms and ways of life and sometimes pay a high price. Thats why I support the red poppy (and purple) to remember this. Money raised from their sale also goes to practical support (and I like practical things). Peace is a very noble aim and no one supports it more then those who have to go to war. It might be an impossible dream (warning another quote is on its way) but that no reason not to hope and why I can appreciate the true meaning of the white poppy. Of course you don't to actually have to wear the poppy to support it, what is important is that you understand its meaning and put some dosh in the box. I always lose my red poppy within a day of buying it anyway. Here's the quote from a rather good song "And the world will be better for this That one man, scorned and covered with scars Still strove with his last ounce of courage To reach the unreachable star" Sort of speaks for whatever shade of poppy you choose to wear or not, I think.