Wednesday, January 16, 2008

We're Not Going to Kill... Today.

In the past I've posted quotes on the nature of war by soldiers (primarily Generals Grant and Sherman). While this soldier is fictional in nature (and would prefer to be known as more an explorer anyway) I think his words ring as true as the others:

"Death... destruction, disease, horror, that's what war is all about. That's what makes it a thing to be avoided. You've made it neat and painless. So neat and painless, you've had no reason to stop it... All right. [War is] instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands... But we can stop it! We can admit that we're... killers. But we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill... today!"


Dak-Ind said...

the hard thing is getting ALL people to say we wont kill today. i can say it, you can say it, the guy next door can say it, but unless EVERYONE says it, all it means is those who wont kill will be killed. sad huh.

The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.