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Katrina Trask: The Logic of War

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

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war

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Katrina Trask
The Logic of War

Where is the logic of war? 0 ye
Who wave the flag, and who cry the cry
“We fight in the name of humanity;
Let those who have killed prepare to die!
Down with the demons who blew up the Maine! –
The Spaniards, perchance, who Cuba have slain?”

Alas! if they have, what then? 0 ye
Who wave the flag and who cry the cry?
I ask in the name of humanity;
Shall we be like them and make men die?
Shall a hundred warships, instead of one,
Reek red in the light of the rising sun?

Must the burden of infamy increase?
Shall more cruel engines with shot and shell
Drown the voice of the Prince of Peace
And make of the earth a vaster hell?
Where is the logic, the sense of war?
To do the dark deeds that were done before?

Woe to that nation which steeps in blood
Its own right hand! ‘Tis easy to die?
But to kill imperils our highest good;
The Lord God rules in His Heaven on high;
Let Him be arbiter over the lands?
But for Christ’s sake lift to Him bloodless hands.

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