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All's Fair In Love And War (Revised)
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Wednesday, September 22, 2004
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God have mercy on us all.

They say all is fair in love and war.
I am beginning to wonder.
The whole world is condemning America
Because we're in Iraq.
Because of our treatment of prisoners.
Dispicable?  Yes.
Shameful?  Yes.
On March 31, 2004, in Fallujah,
Four civilian security guards were ambushed.
Their bodies burned,
Beaten and mutilated.
Put on display hanging from a bridge.
Is this not dispicable?
Is this not shameful?
While insurgents danced in the streets,
celebrating their "victory"
over each American life lost.
Is this not dispicable?
Is this not shameful?
Having to live with terror
Each and every day of their lives.
No rights.  No freedoms.
Learning to kill or be killed.
Is this not dispicable?
Is this not shameful?
Working to ensure a better Iraq.
They believed they
Could make a difference.
Their voices silenced with hacking swords.
Is this not dispicable?
Is this not shameful?
They say that all is fair in love and war.
I am beginning to wonder.
Why do we get punished for what we do
Because we embrace freedom?
And hatred get away with...murder.

(C) Copy written, 2004/Revised, 2004, by Karla Dorman.

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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 9/22/2004
Excellent job, Karla! The repetition works
beautifully. As for war -- any war --, to me it is
just plain wrong. Only perpetrates atrocities
on all sides. I admit that there seem to
have been wars that it would have been
criminal not to support. Well, one. WWII.
But I am not sure we will ever know all there
is to know about the causes, and possible
ways it could have been prevented. All
I am trying to say is that w a r is despicable
and shameful. God help us all if the human race
cannot find a way to stop these endless, self-
perpetuating rounds of killing and maiming.
Bless you for tackling this extremely difficult
and important subject, and for the passion
and sincerity with which you have done so. Love,
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 9/22/2004
War is never fair and never has a good ending. No one wins. Everyone loses.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 9/22/2004
THis is a powerful write
God Bless
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 9/22/2004
oh my, Karla. first off, I salute you for writing your conviction and agree wholeheartedly that war leads us all to places indescribably gruesome. i happen to believe there are many untold stories and much that has been distorted from every side - as is so often the case in times of warfare. what is so wonderful about this write is that it boils it down to the individual loss - yes, what of that ONE person beheaded, that ONE innocent child lost. their lives could have made all the difference for us and we cannot afford to continue this madness. see how you got me going???
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 9/22/2004
Thank you! I hate war!

Reviewed by Safi Abdi 9/22/2004
wrote earlier:
All killing is despicable, Karla, I agree with you there should be no killing. But why is it so difficult for you guys to say to your government: Enough is enough? What is America doing in Iraq? There is a foreign illegal occupation in Iraq and until that is brought to an end, I'm afraid we will not see the end of these despicable killings. I put it to you, how would you feel if Iraq came to occupy your land, killed your people, raped your women prisoners, made a joke of your morals by exposing you to the most despicable acts imaginable (ref. to prison abuse), burned your homes and bombed the hell out of you, day and night? I put it to you, how would you feel? Turn the other cheek? I very much doubt.
If you want sanity to return, Karla, say no to your country's aggression. Start today, pass the word, Bush is bad news for your people, and for the world as a whole. Go to the polls and make your voices be heard. Carpet bombing innocents is not the answer. Cluster bombs are not the answer. America might be a superpower, but that has not guaranteed Americans security.

Peace to all who love peace,


Update (in response to Karla's input)
Karla, no I'm by no means looking at things from one side, on the contrary I'm looking at things from both sides, and updating you guys on things that are hidden from the American public. I live in the Middle East and it's very easy for me to see American aggression on the ground. This is where it is played full time.

But when you live thousands of miles away from the battleground and the coverage you get is doctored, then there's no knowing how you'll be affected. I see the adverse effects of misinformation on many AD authors.

With regards to what you are led to believe, Karla, that US went to Iraq to free the Iraqs from Saddam, well, I'm sorry to disillusion you, but that isn't the case. Except perhaps for the so-called interim govt (brought into office by America, in the same way Saddam was once crowned) most people in Iraq know about this so called democracy. The fruit sellers, the taxi drivers, you name it, people will laugh at you when you mention the word. Everyone knows and the neo-cons are laughing out loud about their little tragic ploys behind closed doors. Perhaps the only people who don't know what's going on in the Middle East are the American public, thanks to American Media.

Would appreciate if you could take a moment to read (if you haven't done so) an article I posted earlier "Thanks Allah for Al Jazeera" and do follow the links provided. The bottom line is: there is more to America's illegal invasion of Iraq than meets the eye.

Love to all peace loving people,
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/22/2004
Very powerful write Karla dear!!

LOve Tinka
Reviewed by Peter Paton 9/22/2004
I stand four square with ya , Karla
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/22/2004

Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem. I read your "Democracy in Pictures," and was horrified by the atrocities portrayed on innocent children. It was painful to see and to read. I'm sorry for what children have endured.


I don't think you present both sides of the story, in my opinion; I could very well be wrong, and if so, I apologize; but cannot help how I feel.

Saddam Hussein was evil. His own people--innocent Iraqi citizens--were raped and killed by his own soldiers if they did not agree with him. HIS OWN PEOPLE. This was way before America stepped in. America embraces freedom, and wants to share it with the world. It is not a perfect system, democracy; but it is much better than living under tyranny and fear, where women have few--if any--rights. I can't live like that. I won't live like that. I value my freedom too much. I can agree, I can disagree, and I can agree TO disagree and not fear repercussion.

I thank God I don't know what it's like to be in war; I pray I never am in that situation. That said, hate cannot go on killing innocent children; it cannot continue beheading innocent contractors from all nations; I'm not just singling out Americans. Turks, Kurds, Nepalese, Italian, Pakistani, Bulgarians, South Koreans, Lebanese AND IRAQI CITIZENS have all met the same fate because the opinion of the minority outweigh the opinion of the majority.

I pray for peace; let it begin with me. *tears* I will be at the polls. I will make my voice heard.

Thank you, again.
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 9/22/2004
I don't what I can add to Kate's intuitive, and intelligent remarks. We do lose sight of reality, don't we? Your anger is well placed here. Thank you, Karla.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by jacqueline amos 9/22/2004
Sitting in a cast iron brace the world that cries blood, oh what a web we web; Be still God shall speak oh what a world we live, there shall not be peace until man lives by the words of God. Continue to teach my sister may be one day man will hear. Blessings may God continue to bless your pen.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 9/22/2004
Yuppers we got a poor bloke about to be behead, less we release the women prisoners. WE DON'T HAVE ANY!!!! are the sick stupid of what?
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/22/2004
I am humbled by this, Karla. We become so immune to the overall situation on a daily basis that we begin to lose sight of the preciousness of the individual lives that have been lost, one by one. You pay tribute to each personal tragedy here, knowing that each and every drop of blood spilled is both despicable and shameful. Freedom and supremacy are bought at a very big price. You can be counted as faithful in your demonstration of the great passion you carry in your heart for such issues. Bless you. Your sense of injustice fuels the fire. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/22/2004
Powerful, heartwrenching, angry write; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. >:(
Reviewed by Lori Moore 9/22/2004
Let the world condemn and then let them live in chains as terrorism erodes whatever peace and security they imagine they have.

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