posted on Nov, 20 2004 @ 04:00 PM
Whenever I hear Bush and his ilk spouting their warmongering hate through the airwaves, I am reminded of this poem written during the first world
Dulce et Decorum est
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped5 Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.
8 October 1917 - March, 1918
Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori - it is sweet and right to die for your country.
That is what the politicians want people to believe. Not the fact that they are fighting and dying for the profits of the rich. War is not glorious,
it is hell and pain and death and the sooner the human race realises that, the better.
I am not saying that we should not defend ourselves, but that we should choose our battles. Iraq is Bush's war, not ours, not the people of America
and Britain. But is our people who are dying. I don't see any of Bush's family fighting there. Nor Blair's. Iraq was nothing to do with defending
ourselves or halting another 9-11. It was for money, power and profit. And finishing what 'Poppy Bush' started.
We need to learn from history, not ignore it or push it aside as Blair is determined to do.