The Evil of War
Focus on the evil of war. War begins by calling for the annihilation of the others but ends ultimately in self-annihilation. It corrupts souls and mutilates bodies. It destroys homes and villages and murders children on their way to school. It grinds into the dirt all that is tender and beautiful and sacred. It empowers human deformities–warlords, Shiite death squads, Sunni insurgents, the Taliban, al-quaida, and our own killers–who can speak only in the despicable language of force. War is a scourge. It is a plague. It is industrial murder. And before you support war…. look into the hollow eyes of the men, women, and children who know it.
Chris Hedges, The Pictures you Aren’t Supposed to See, January 4, 2010