Twain’s words in a ‘modern’ world
April 15, 2003
“Oh Lord, our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; … help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land. … We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love.” – Mark Twain, after viewing a pre-emptive war in the Philippines a century ago, and cited in the March 30, 2003, New York Times magazine.
With bitter, searing shame for our country …