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A Haiku - Wars' Aftermaths

Updated on February 25, 2015

A Haiku On War

"An eye for an eye."

"What goes around comes around."

Won't man ever learn?

Fight fire with fire. It works sometimes. Shall we fight terror with terror?


Innocents usually pay the price, more so than the combatants

Why do terrorists hide among the innocent?

They do so in the expectation that, if they are killed, their enemies will be blamed for killing the innocents rather than praised for killing terrorists.

Evil can have its days, but they are short-lived compared to the good days which prevailed before and after the evil days.

Love endures. Hatred may persist for awhile. Love endures.

We celebrate love. We revile hatreds and those who give themselves over to lives of hatred.

The commandment that we love our enemies is a hard commandment, though we find it somewhat easier to love our captured enemy prisoners, than to love those who are actively killing our friends and seeking to kill us.

Knowing our enemies is the first step to controlling them. Being magnanimous in victory has proven the best way to change an enemy into a friend, whereas harsh punishment of the losers merely gives birth to new hostilities.

Evil has once again been unleashed on the world. Good will prevail, but the sooner the better.

Terrorism is by its very nature designed to demoralize and paralyze its opponents. The worse it is, the more likely it is to achieve its evil ends.

"War is hell." As two generals of America's Civil War once agreed, "if it were not so terrible, we might grow to love it too much."

Those who indulge in terror to achieve their ambitions have to be made to pay the price for doing so. They can't be allowed to indiscriminately use barrel bombs and toxic substances against civilians, schools, and hospitals, to massacre, rape, kidnap, and sell into slavery those they capture.

"Buying time" merely emboldens them. Trying to fight them without risk is an illusion.

Those who will resort to any evil to achieve their purposes, are not deserving of even a momentary truce that allows them to regroup and plan more atrocities.

When war is declared by the overt actions of any side, both sides must engage immediately. That is why preparedness is so important. The aggressor chooses their moment to strike. The defender must be ready and willing to meet the challenge, for loss and victory hang in the balance. Delay serves no purpose.

If the enemy is willing and prepared to endure more than you are willing and prepared to endure, all else being equal you will lose.

Will is everything. Those who shun the battle will be its victims.

There is no need to plan the peace, prior to planning a successful strategy to win the war.

When the bell rings there is no excuse for waiting until the opponent throws his next punch.

There is no substitute for victory.

We do everything to avoid war breaking out, but when it does we tell our trained military to do everything necessary to win, and to win as quickly as possible.

Being prepared is not just a motto for Boy Scouts!
Being prepared is not just a motto for Boy Scouts! | Source


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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - The anger and hatred of wars spread as fast as oil poured on a hot grill. Preparedness and immediate response is needed or the whole kitchen catches fire and the house may burn down.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sigh This world has lost all sentimentality and compassion but I have every belief through my faith that the good will triumph we just have to get through the worst of the storm. Blessings.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - Prayer works, humans work. We can be prepared, and being prepared beforehand can shorten the process.

      I hope you are enjoying a peaceful sabbath.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      "Good will prevail, but the sooner the better." Wish that our hope can have greater influence on the results and the timing.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      If ISIS captures Baghdad they can claim legitimate nationhood. I think that is far from a desirable outcome. What do you think, reader?