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John Mahoney
John Mahoney
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Posted 03.19.03
Fool's Hollow, Quebec

JOHN MAHONEY

The dying will begin soon

Torn and bloodied, once-lusty young men and women will call out for their mothers. Others will moan and whimper at the end.

Little children will be crushed, burned, vaporized. They won't die alone -- their mothers, fathers, grandparents will be with them. For some, life will depart quickly; for others, death won't come soon enough.

It will be very loud when the bombs explode, the missiles strike. The noise will go on and on and on. So will the screaming.

Despite the rockets' red glare, it will be difficult to see much, what with the smoke and dust and airborne body parts.

There will be no glorious music in the background, no sprightly fifes, no stutter of drums, no bugle calls to rally 'round the flag.

Just unceasing chaos, the smell of blood and shit and decaying flesh, and the screams and pleadings of the survivors.

At some point, victory will be declared. Then there will be music and flags and parades. Self-congratulations will be in order. The head victors will hold the head losers accountable, there will be a settling of old scores.

Every bomb that falls, every missile launched, every bullet fired, every anti-personnel land mine exploded will have to be replaced. Businessmen in the business of war are pleased, as they knew they would be.

After a pause, those who determine these things will look around and talk amongst themselves, and decide who is next.

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