Mark Twain is sounding off about war with Iraq in today's Guardian:,2763,899880,00.html

"As Mark Twain described it in 1916: 'Next the statesmen will invent
lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every
man will
be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study
them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will
by and
by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the
sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.'"

If anyone sees other uses of Twain's writings during this crisis, please
let us (or at least me) know.  During the original Gulf War, "The War
Prayer" was used quite extensively and I'd like to keep track of similar
uses of Twain's writings this time around.

Jim Zwick