In more prosperous times, I took the train from Gare du Nord in Paris to Zoo Station in Berlin. Almost every mile of ground between these two world cities had been drenched in the blood of millions. Battlefield after battlefield after battlefield; grave after grave after grave, marked or unmarked. A continental hecatomb for soldiers, civilians, men, women, children.
Five Ways To Kill A Man
There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man.
You can make him carry a plank of wood
To the top of a hill and nail him to it.
To do this
Properly you require a crowd of people
Wearing sandals, a cock that crows, a cloak
To dissect, a sponge, some vinegar and one
Man to hammer the nails home.
Or you can take a length of steel,
Shaped and chased in a traditional way,
And attempt to pierce the metal cage he wears.
But for this you need white horses,
English trees, men with bows and arrows,
At least two flags, a prince and a
Castle to hold your banquet in.
Dispensing with nobility, you may, if the wind
Allows, blow gas at him. But then you need
A mile of mud sliced through with ditches,
Not to mention black boots, bomb craters,
More mud, a plague of rats, a dozen songs
And some round hats made of steel.
In an age of aeroplanes, you may fly
Miles above your victim and dispose of him by
Pressing one small switch. All you then
Require is an ocean to separate you, two
Systems of government, a nation's scientists,
Several factories, a psychopath and
Land that no one needs for several years.
These are, as I began, cumbersome ways
To kill a man. Simpler, direct, and much more neat
Is to see that he lives somewhere in the middle
Of the twentieth century, and leave him there.
It's worth remembering that one of the purposes of the European project was to prevent more wars like world wars one and two -- and that for generations, now, that project has succeeded. That's a triumph for humanity.
So, it would be nice if the European looting classes didn't manage to destroy the European project. It would also be nice if those who, implicitly or explicitly, are betting against the Euro could contain their glee.