Here we go again

letter in Daily Local News, 12/10/09:

It is said that in any war every one of the Ten Commandments is broken grievously and often — not to kill, not to steal, not to covet, not to bear false witness, not to commit adultery, not to take the Lord’s name in vain, not to forsake the sabbath, not to dishonor one’s parents, not to bow down to a graven image, not to have gods beside God.

Do people remember reading “The Red Badge of Courage,” “All’s Quiet on the Western Front,” “From Here to Eternity,” “The Naked and the Dead” or similar accounts? The individuals who wrote those books had “been there,” and like Elijah, came back to tell about it. Most of us haven’t been listening very well, have we?

Now even with Obama it seems, here we go again, to an escalated war in Afghanistan, and the breaking of every one of those and other morals and ethics, by all sides, all over again.

But who really sees, or cares, or speaks? And who will be available to rebuild what is destroyed or provide for the widows and orphans left behind?

David W. Long
West Chester

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