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Words from the master

Dear Editor:Lately, on the radio, I’ve heard several self-described right-wing Christians refer to the war in Iraq as a “spiritual war,” a “sacred war,” a “holy war.”So, when I came across the following, written by Mark Twain, in the latest issue of The Sun magazine, I felt moved to send it in to you. Unfortunately, it’s as pertinent and poignant today as when he wrote it, and I thought that some of your readers would appreciate it.”O 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 the 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 wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sport of the sunflames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it – for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with tear, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the source of love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.” – Mark TwainDeborah BradfordAspen


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