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Anatole France: Attack the monster that devours our race; make war on war, a war to the death

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

Anatole France: Selections on war

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Anatole France
An appeal to female American aid workers (1923)
Translated by J. Lewis May

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Mesdames:

I am given to understand that you will not reject the greeting of an old man who, after having espoused all the political errors of his time, has come, at the close of his days, to see that truth resides in government by the people for the people.

You come from a country that is both industrious and rich to a land that is oppressed by a tragic glory, a country which suffers from a burden more cruelly than its pride will permit it to avow.

You are, indeed, welcome. But repairing the ravages of war is not the only task. You are women, and women are more courageous than men.

Be the saviours of humanity.

Be it your task to attack the monster that devours our race; yours to make war on war, a war to the death.

From this time forward, hate war with quenchless hatred.

Hate it as you contemplate its wrongs; hate it when you see it adorned with the pomps of triumph, with the palms of victory.

Let your hatred of it be a mortal hatred. Slay it!

O women! O mothers! Our grandchildren shall behold the United States of Europe, they shall see the Universal Republic.

O great-hearted women, make your way through the world with these sentiments in your hearts and you will save Europe, and bring happiness to all the Earth!

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  1. tim
    March 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Yes we do well to take heed, this day, to words well spoken 90 years ago!
    DVD worth Watching “The Americanization of Emily”
    James Garner as WWII solider speaking against war to some Brits: He states we have to stop celebrating dead men who fought as brave heroes to salve our conscience and stop the victory parades for generals that sent our children off to die.
    Worth the watch. Got mine from netflix.
    Tim

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