Bertolt Brecht: In war the attacker always has an alibi

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Bertolt Brecht: Selections on war

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Bertolt Brecht
From Threepenny Novel (1934)
Translated by Desmond I. Vesey

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“…An alibi, to be effective, must be arranged, and it only is arranged when a crime is contemplated. That is an integral part of all criminal practice. Look at politics! Whenever, for example, a war is started, there are always alibis. Not to speak of a coup d’état! The victim is always responsible. The attacker has an alibi!”

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“Loyalty,” Brown, the old soldier, often used to say among his most intimate friends, “loyalty is only found among soldiers. Why is that? The answer is simple: because the soldier is taught loyalty. When one has to make a bayonet attack – which happens usually for no reason at all – and when one has to hack and stab and grind, then a man must…

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