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Henri Barbusse: Selections on war

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

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Henri Barbusse: All battles spring from themselves and necessitate each other to infinity

Henri Barbussse: As long as the colours of uniforms cover the flesh of men

Henri Barbusse: The awful power of a dead man

Henri Barbusse: Blood-stained priest of the God of War

Henri Barbusse: Butchery as far as the eye can see

Henri Barbusse: Cold death sits brooding, great and sumptuous bird of prey is in the act of taking wing

Henri Barbusse: Crows eddying round naked flesh with flapping banners and war-cries

Henri Barbusse: The enemy is militarism and no other

Henri Barbusse: Flags and swords, instruments of the cult of human sacrifice

Henri Barbusse: The goddess of slaughter, the world worn out by war

Henri Barbusse: I will wage war, even though I alone may survive

Henri Barbusse: Jesus on the battlefield

Henri Barbusse: Manual laborers of war glutting the cannon’s mouth with their flesh

Henri Barbusse: The mournful hearse of the army razes harshly

Henri Barbusse: Murder enters as invisibly as death itself. Industry multiplies its magic.

Henri Barbusse: The only cause of war is the slavery of those whose flesh wages it

Henri Barbusse: Pay for a glory which is not yours or for ruins that others have made with your hands

Henri Barbusse: “Perhaps it is the last war of all”

Henri Barbusse: Sepulchral sculptor’s great sketch-model, the gate of hell

Henri Barbusse: Soldier’s glory is a lie, like every other fine-looking thing in war

Henri Barbusse: “That’s war. It’s not anything else.”

Henri Barbusse: There will be nothing else on the earth but preparation for war

Henri Barbusse: These murdered souls, covered with black veils; they are you and I

Henri Barbusse: Torture…agony…human sacrifices…

Henri Barbusse: Under Fire

Henri Barbusse: War, as hideous morally as physically

Henri Barbusse: War befouls the country as it does faces and hearts

Henri Barbusse: “War must be killed; war itself”

Henri Barbusse: War which breeds war, whether by victory or defeat

Henri Barbusse: War’s loathsome horror and lunacy

Henri Barbusse: “We must have a new Ministry: a new public opinion: War.”

Henri Barbusse: The world has come to the end of its strength: it is vanquished by wars

Henri Barbusse: “You understand, I’m against all wars”

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Maxim Gorky: Henri Barbusse and the mass of lies, hypocrisy, cruelty, dirt and blood called war

Frank Harris: Henri Barbusse and the war against war

Romain Rolland on Henri Barbusse: The isolated bleating of one of the beasts about to die

Arnold Zweig: Never again! On reading Barbusse

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  1. February 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm | #1

    I AM AN AMERICAN COLD WAR VETERAN CAPTAIN KAMANSKY AGAIN WANTING TO SPEAK SOME CURRENT TRUTHS ABOUT WAR. AS A STUDENT AT THE CLIMATE CHANGE COLLEGE AT THE CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF FISH AND WILDLIFE IN SACRAMENTO, CALIF AND HAVING BEEN A FIRST RESPONDER RESCUE AND RECOVERY TEAMRUBICON-USA IN THE FAR ROCKAWAYS , I REALIZE THIS TRUTH.. THAT HUMANKIND HAD BETTER START THINKING THE TRUTHS OF THE ESSAY ABOVE AND THE WISDOMS OF ROZOFF A RUSSIAN LIKE MYSELF AND SPENT ALL THGE GLOBAL MILITARISM MONEY ON MITIGATING THE HUMAN EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AS I WITNESSED THEM FIRST HAND AT GREAT RISK TO MYSELF THE FAR ROCKAWAYS, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK AS THERE WILL BE MANY MORE SUPER-MEGA STORMS LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE AS DRIVEN BY CLIMATE CHANGE. WE AS A HUMANITY ARE FIGHTING THE WRONG WARS. GET RID OF THESE WARS AS ROZOFF SAYS AND FOCUS ON MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE THAT WILL KILL MANY MORE THAN EVEN NUCLEAR WARS AT MANY BILLIONS WITH DROUGHT AND FAMINE AND SEA RISE AND MEGA STORMS… LISTEN TO THE WISDOM OF ROZOFF ALL WORLDWIDE OF SUFFER THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AS WE WASTE OUR MONEY ON ARMAMENTS. CAPTAIN AND DR. KAMANSKY COLD WAR VET AND ARMY SURGEON

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