When faced with evil,
do we vanquish, destroy it for all it is,
or are we evil for our intentions,
and on what side does right fall,
when judgement is but perspective,
a moral servitude of plight.
Is the antagonist the evil
and the protagonist the moral right,
yet in response what differentiates,
and if the protagonist strikes first,
does he then become the antagonist,
the evil one in sight.
Those who initiate the evil,
are they deemed evil from then on,
even though striking back is not considered evil at all,
despite the deeds being equivalent,
cause death and suffering, and both sides
committing crimes against humanity.
We may believe the justification placed before us,
given to placate our view,
but regardless who starts conflict,
death and suffering is equally shared,
one against another, and no matter what ensues,
both in evils name, despair.
Evil is not alone,
for conflict is its manifestation,
and regardless who starts it,
regardless of the reasons,
all are complicit, responsibility for right,
and therefore there is no just cause.
The ideal of war is as evil as can be,
the cold and calculated loss of life
a heartless soliloquy of lies,
for nothing accomplishes peace
that war has created,
just death and an idea antiquated.
Why have we not learned from our past,
the pointlessness of war,
and the happiness that peace proffers,
when competition exacerbates the score,
and money drives economies,
weapons and bombs galore,
for no moral reason at all.
Tony DeLorger © 2017