Still Fighting After All These Years

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Happy anniversary, Gettysburg address, which Abraham Lincoln delivered on 19 November, seven-score and nine years ago now. It might be nice if we can ever stop dedicating military cemeteries, but we won’t see it in my lifetime, anything but. Then again, they are privatizing and camouflaging the whole business of war, to the point where we may soon have no special places for our military dead, maybe nothing at all to show that’s how people died. They will all be unknowns; out of sight, and too easily pushed out of our memory. The better to keep enough of us willing to support the next war. Ahem, excuse me, I meant to say, the next homeland security exercise. Not to be confused with doing push-ups.


About l. l. frederick

I'm pretty ordinary, so I find any number of things in the world interesting, among them: books, music, flowers, food, social justice, politics and (sometimes!) people. As for my writing, I've decided that I can be subtle and tasteful when our only problems are esthetic ones. Or when I'm dead, whichever comes first. In the meantime, read at your own risk.
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