Universal Soldier Read by Sasha Lessin, Ph.D.


We’re all responsible for war, whether we order it, make stuff for it, fight it or get caught in it. We must stop participating.

And Buffy, all wisdom of our Native Americans, figured it all out and gave to us, to mobilize (with Donovan’s help): we are responsible for war. We can also create peace.


He’s 5 foot 2 and he’s 6 feet 4

He fights with missiles and with spears
He’s all of 31 and he’s only 17.
He’s been a soldier for a thousand years
He’s a catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain
A Buddhist, and a Baptist and Jew.
And he knows he shouldn’t kill
And he knows he always will kill
You’ll for me my friend and me for you

And He’s fighting for Canada.
He’s fighting for France.
He’s fighting for the USA.
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 him at Dachau?
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 the blame
His orders comes from
far away no more.

They come from him.
And you and me.
And brothers can’t you see.
This is not the way we put an end to war

See Buffy’s retrospective on the song that helped stop the war in Vietnam:

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER by Buffy Sainte Marie read by Dr Sasha Lessin with reflective youtube by Buffy

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