Shakespeare once again proves his prescience. I saw the phrase , “ Cry Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war” on facebook referring to the rightfully celebrated American Veterans Day tomorrow and was refreshing my memory of the context when I found that I was familiar with the Shakespearian phrase, “ Cry Havoc” and let slip the dogs of war” but that I had lost the context This phrase is often used to praise or urge war. In Julius Caesar some of the lines immediately preceding “ Cry Havoc,” are:
“Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds”……
And the lines following:
…….“That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial”
I am aware he was speaking of the death of Caesar and its after affects but the lines preceding, Cry Havoc” seem to me to describe our world of virtual reality and too often real war and the lines following the results we to often seem to not see or hear.
Ironically the ultimate purpose of war is peace, Lincoln understood that, I am not sure any president or government since Lincoln has understood that simple goal.