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Twain’s war prayer rings true today

Steve Campbell

Dear Editor,

“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 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. Cited in the March 30, 2003, New York Times magazine.

In bitter, searing shame for our country,

Steve Campbell

Glenwood Springs


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