Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Abagond

Christians and Muslims going to St Paul’s, the only functioning church in Mosul, to celebrate Christmas in 2017. Under ISIS rule the church was a prison. Via the BBC.

Remarks:

This song was written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and is here performed in 1971 by the John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir.

In 1972 the song went to #4 in Britain – the same year the US bombed Vietnam on Christmas.

The song never made the top ten in the US.

In 1980 the song went to #2 in Britain – the same year Lennon was shot dead in the US just 17 days before Christmas.

In 2017 I play this song in honour of Mosul, Iraq, which is publicly celebrating Christmas for the first time in four years. Under ISIS jihadist rule celebrating Christmas was dangerous.

Merry Christmas to all my commenters and 

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