[lit-ideas] Re: A Room of War's Own

  • From: Ursula Stange <Ursula@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 11:09:31 -0500

Time to re-read Mark Twain's War Prayer...

Paul Stone wrote (among other things):

But War is not only Hell, it's war... and war is a struggle to the death. Why do people try to pretty it up? It just makes it more tolerable. I say MAKE people watch 17 year old boys get their arm ripped off and bleed to death. Film and broadcast the general public the atrocities of war and THEN see how people feel about it. Putting carefully edited 'shock and awe' on CNN is doing NOTHING but churning enthusiasm "Look how shocking and awesome we are". .............We should go into war situations ONLY after careful deliberation and with a clear understanding that we are going to take weapons and grievously harm, maim and kill other humans. Most people, [politicians included] simply DON'T understand this and certainly, if they do, won't admit it to the general public.

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