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The Price for Being a War "Hero"

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War, barbarity,
and primeval violence
soon push aside
the youthful values
nurtured from the cradle.

It's kill or be killed
though you know
that killing kills the killer
and dealing death
becomes a way of life.

For what? For naught
is the cry of a youthful mind
that sees no sense
in the mutual killing
of pseudo enemies.

They too, caught up
by the same monstrous forces
that use youths for shields
are loathe to die
for similar reasons.

But, lo you died
despite our natal care,
for dubious, unknown causes
and denied for reasons
too difficult to explain.

So, we went to Washington
where the President duly solemn,
and extravagant with praise,
awarded you posthumously
with an encoffined trinket
symbolizing the ultimate absurdity,
a medal for a son!

I wisht it cud be fixed up,

so' th' men that starts 'th wars

could do th' fightin'.

Finley Peter Dunne

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I am a 91 year-old retired educator turned writer who served 3 1/2 years in the army in WW II. I am an ardent fan of OpEd News and still concerned about the welfare of our country.
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