May 30, 2004

Twain on War

Twain's War Prayer is quite something. I found it over in the comments at N's place. There's no good pull quote; you'll have to read the entire thing to get the full meaning, but here's the short version: "Great. You ask Me to bless your work as your shells rip the enemy to shreds, leave his youth dead in the fields, and leave his citizens wounded, in pain and homeless."

I've never read that bit of Twain before. The next time you hear a politician espouse the idea that God is on our side, think of that prayer.

Posted by Linkmeister at May 30, 2004 12:01 AM