Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 8, 2013, 11:32 a.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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From the book America's War Against Iraqi Civilians by Chris Hedges.
The vanquished know war. They see through the empty jingoism of those who use the abstract words of "glory," "honor," and "patriotism" to mask the cries of the wounded, the brutal killing, war profiteering, and chest pounding grief.
They know the lies the "victors" often do not acknowledge, the lies covered up in stately war memorials and mythic war narratives, filled with stories of comradeship. They know the lies that permeate the thick, self-important memoirs by amoral statesmen who make wars but do not know war. The vanquished know the essence of war - death. They grasp that war is necrophilia. They see that war is almost a state of pure sin, with its goals of hatred and destruction. They know how war fosters alienation, leads inevitably to nihilism, and is turning away from the sanctity and preservation of life.
All other narratives about war too easily fall prey to the allure and seductiveness of violence as well as the attraction to the godlike power that comes with the license to kill without impunity.