War Is Peace


    “The War on Terror …”
    Dressed in tricksy rhetoric
    Obomber drones on
    While collateral damage
    No longer has flesh or bones

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on February 23, 2014, in Poetry, Tanka, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Could man live without conflict?

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  2. There are always people who want war, little boys trained/allowed from small to use swords and guns (albeit toys). Why? Is it a male thing? Like little girls have tea parties? Are these things born in us?

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  3. unfortunately, history has been repeating itself for more than 2000 years:”Si vis pacem, para bellum…” – “If you want peace, prepare for war…”(Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus – De Re Militari)

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  4. When knights clashed on the field of battle the battle was personal, seen in the eyes and accented with blood, which could have been your own. Bullets and cannon removed the personal horror so that, though the risk remained to your personal well being, you did not nearly as often have to look your enemy in the eyes, but could shoot at him across a field. But at least you still saw the death and had the chance that you might feel responsibility inside the death. Then airplanes removed any sight of the enemy other than, perhaps, small ants fleeing over the ground. There was still risk if you were a pilot. Gary Powers in his U2 even was shot down as improbable as that was. But now? Death thunders out of night, recorded by a camera that feels nothing and captures death with a camera for evidence. No risk, no fuss, although on the ground, a long way from the sky, there is still blood.

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    • Drones are controlled by remote by someone in a room many hundreds of miles away. The whole business of butchery has been reified. Those who are at the controls have been programmed by TV, DVDs and Xbox to accept carnage as normal and divorced from human feeling.


  5. Dear Ben,

    I am looking for the video you posted for me a day or two ago … the long one (following our Waldorf dialog). Can’t find it. Help please! Thanks.

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  6. Another sad truth, Ben – and well stated. Meanwhile our youth have their noses stuck to their “smart” phones in hypnotic trances (war is just a “game”, isn’t it?”). There is no “real world” to this new generation – and it scares the heck out of me.

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