The Unanswered Questions of War

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I was saddened to hear today that the Assiad regime is gassing those who opposed his rule. I cannot imagine the horrors of having houses and towns destroyed by bombs and guns. How inhumane to stoop to the level of gassing other human beings in hopes of retaining power. Why do the neighboring countries not rise up in protest and help protect the innocent. No one in the Middle East seems to care about what is happening in Syria.  No one is taking a stand against these atrocities.  War is such a destructive and devastating event. I wrote this poem as a song that simply asks “How do you justify war to those who lose the one they love most?”

The Unanswered Questions of War

       (Written just prior to the second Iraq war)

 What do you say to the little girl’s mom

When all she has left is the child in her arms?

And the girl is there, and the girl is dead…

What do you say to the little girl’s mom?

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What do you say when no answers come

When the battle is over and the war is won?

How can you say it was worth the cost

When the one you loved most is lost?

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What do you say to the mother whose son

Was killed in the war so that freedom is won?

And the boy is there and the boy is dead…

What do you say to the mother at home?

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What do you say to the young wife at home

When all she has left is the flag in her palms?

And her husband is there, and her husband is dead

What do you say to the young wife at home?

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What do you say when no answers come

When the battle is over and the war is won?

How can you say it was worth the cost

When the one you loved most is lost?

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        What do you say to the little girl’s Mom?

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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