Today is not a Good Day for War.

Author:Hardert, Linda B.
Position:Book review
 
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TODAY IS NOT A GOOD DAY FOR WAR By David Krieger

David Krieger speaks from the heart of a connectedness that knows no bounds. It embraces humanity, nature and the universe. The author stresses that we must team from the past, so that it will not become our future. War changes everything and bombs tear apart the fabric of humanity in an instant. Humankind has made weapons our 'God' and we live in a constant state of war that we refer to as 'peace'. Thus, peace is much more than the mere absence of war. We have a choice between ending the human race and renouncing war among the nation states.

Through his lucid poems, Krieger examines World War Two, Vietnam 9/11 and Iraq for causation, responsibility, and the effects of war, while proclaiming hope for the future. One of his recurring themes is that political leaders, with their arrogance and constant quest for power, unleash violence with total disregard for life. When leaders do not use good judgment, its the innocent who pay. Thus, madmen rule the world and patriotic rhetoric means that many will die for 'reasons' unknown.

In Krieger's view, war is "too easy" and leaders hide behind a mask of words that are used as missiles. A given leader is deemed "bad", so let us punish his people, not recognizing that the so called "enemies" have names, faces, hearts and dreams--just like we do. The people are never the same as their leaders. The people of a society are real, important, and not to be reduced to the label "collateral damage."

Conversely, the people of a nation state may be partly responsible for war, as well. This occurs when our resounding silence speaks so loudly. If we do nothing to stop war, we have already made a choice; and that choice is death. Krieger says that we have monuments to wars and the ubiquitous celebrations of "victories", but where is the realization for that in destroying others' worlds, we also destroy our own? This truth cannot, and ultimately will not, be silenced.

For Krieger, war lords deal with life irrationally. After World War Two, war crimes...

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