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Being Anti-War

Afghans recent returnees live in the ruins of a bombed out building with no running water or access to health care in central Kabul, Afghanistan August 3, 2002. (Photo by Ami Vitale)
War is not romantic. I know what death looks like. Thankfully, most people in American don't. They haven't seen someone's brains outside of their head. They haven't seen a rotting corpse. They haven't seen a severed leg. They haven't seen bone protruding from flesh. They haven't seen blood spattered walls. And most thankfully they haven't seen a dead child. I don't want them to see these thing...
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Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse 5 Cover Art
Satire seldom works. People try it all the time and almost always fail. Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" is always touted as one of the great existentialist satires of our time. Personally, I think he fails at it too. The book is considered a modern literary masterpiece. I didn't find it satisfying to read. Then why recommend it? It tells a compelling story of PTSD and war. It's a book th...
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