Apologies if this is a rant, but we are talking about massive destruction of human life. For the dverse prompt, Hiroshima and all its associations.
I have no wartime anecdotes, no losses to report. I am one of the lucky people whose family was never in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have never lived under occupation, been conscripted or deported, but that changes nothing of my hatred of war and more specifically, those who monger it, profit from it and revel in it. There is no point in hoping for peace, no point hoping that we will ‘learn’ from the horrors of the past, because ‘we’ do not count. Those who count see only the aircraft sold, the submarines ordered, the jobs created, prosperity and their continued popularity. Somebody made money out of producing Zyklon B after all.
To my knowledge, no politician who has cried out his splendid, uplifting speeches to resounding applause calling for a ‘just’ war, has ever joined the front line to fight it.
In the summer field
a hawk swoops—
the whine of missiles