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The Great War For Civilization by Robert Fisk
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Jan 04, 12

bookshelves: history, nonfiction, west-asia-middle-east, war, the-evil-that-men-do
Read in January, 2012

Noble-winged seraphs of the jury, look at this tangle of thorns.

See the eruption of this area in flames, see the piles of skulls disintegrating in the wind, see houses ridden with bullets and children torn apart in martyrdom, see trenches full of soldiers, dead of gas.

I would like to read his thoughts on current events, on new revolutions and civil wars, and faint hopes on democracy, but I doubt, after what he has seen and heard, he has any hope.

This is a fearsome history, scourging and lamenting, leaving none as the moral victor. Only war, and the failings of the human spirit.

Read it, damn you.
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