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Steinbeck on War

In John Steinbeck’s propaganda peace, “The Moon is Down,” Steinbeck shares a beautifully true and cynical take on war.

He puts it in the thoughts of Colonel Lanser, who had seen too much war to be like the other men who were “playing war as children play, “Run, Sheep, Run.” This colonel knew victory and defeat. He knew what war really was:

War is treachery and hatred, the muddling of incomptent generals, the torture and killing and sickness and tiredness, until at last it is over and nothing has changed except for new weariness and new hatreds.

Let us long for the day when people are reconciled and there is no war.

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