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the world 
won’t have a rib intact.
And its soul will be pulled out."

A line from Vladimir Mayakovsky's 1917 poem , Call To Account

“They made a wasteland and called it peace” Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Look! now they sleep bloodless warriors pandemonium stilled agony slain tranquil death sanctified in rigid cartesian rows honored for their sacrifice and selfless valiance laid to rest beneath mourning grasses Ask! where was the higher honor due them before war are sacred vows to be profaned to be misemployed Why! do once verdurous lives lay cold and pulseless as spatters of red petals tearfully fall families breathing wistful flowers distilling rue with lulling scents Adjudge! all men who enact lies dishonoring crossed graves greed calibrating scales of injustice bodies tilted high by tonnages of gold Aurelian kisses vaulting wars riches Do Not! dishonor a warrior’s willingness to die for bravados mouth is a soldier’s tomb do not forsake truth and honor our only faithful ally ask ten-thousand whys before one soldier dies before the bugler's breath sounds death's lamenting cries Think! Contemplate war’s fiery womb hatred born inextinguishable good & evil indistinguishable Look, what stillborn bones lie locked in battle this fleshless monster we mis-named peace gv.2014 Many years ago I had the somber honor of sounding taps for several military funerals in my home town. The tacit indifference of American citizens toward our acceptance of perpetual unconstitutional wars, disastrous regime coups and alliances with various terrorist factions have blackened the hopeful light that birthed this nation. These conflicts seeded by psyop disinformation campaigns have had a deeply dehumanizing influence on our culture. The loss of empathy for those faceless millions of innocent war victims have also had a numbing effect on the value of human life in this country. How many heroes do we need? John F. Kennedy after meeting with his Joint Chiefs Of Staff (who wanted to use nuclear weapons in Berlin and S.E. Asia) left the room declaring, "these people are crazy". How right he was. After signing the peace accord with Russia, JFK said, "I guess it is my turn to go to the theater". Robert said, "I guess I will follow you" How right they both were. gv Matthew 6:13 . . . deliver us from “evil” Evil as translated in 6:13 is "Poneros" A name also attributed to Satan Which means: "he is not content unless drawing others into the same destruction as himself" (From Lexicon to the New Testament by Spiros Zodhiates, TH.D  

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