BPR Quote of the Day
“We lost fifteen men killed outright. ..The enemy numbered six hundred, including women and children — and we abolished them utterly, leaving not even a baby alive to cry for its dead mother. This is incomparably the greatest victory that was ever achieved by the Christian soldiers of the United States.”
on an incident in the Philippine-American War
THE WAR PRAYER….
In 1904, disgusted by the aftermath of the Spanish-American War and the subsequent Philippine-American War, Mark Twain wrote a short anti-war prose poem called “The War Prayer.” His family begged him not to publish it, his friends advised him to bury it, and his publisher rejected it, thinking it too inflammatory for the times. Twain agreed, but instructed that it be published after his death, saying famously:
None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth.
“The War Prayer” was eventually published after World War I, when its message was more in tune with the times.
by Steven Benen, Washington Monthly
WarPrayer.org (the words)