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Wozu sind Kriege da? (English translation)

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What Are Wars There For?

Nobody wants to die, that is for sure
Then what are wars there for?
Mister President, aren't you one of these gentlemen
You must know why
Can you explain it to me?
No mother wants to lose her children
And no wife her husband.
Then why do have soldiers to march off
To murder people - just explain it to me
What are wars there for?
Mister President, I am now ten years old
And I am scared in this forest of atomic missiles.
Tell me the truth, tell it to me now
For what is my life being put on stake?
And the lives of all the others - just tell me why
They load their guns and kill one another
They face each other and they could be friends
But before they get to know each other, they shoot each other dead
I think that is so stupid, why does it have to be this way?
Did you ask all the billions of people all over the world
If they want it that way
Or is it also a question of money?
A lot of money for the few magnates1,
Who build tanks and missiles
And then buy gold and diamonds
For their elegant wives
Or is it also about some religious dispute2
That people cannot agree
As to what god is the right one?
Or what other reasons are there
That I think are equally stupid
Well, maybe I can't understand it yet
Why wars are necessary
I guess I'm still too small
I'm just a child
  • 1. or: oligarchs
  • 2. or: bullshit
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Submitted by malucamaluca on 2014-08-06
Last edited by malucamaluca on 2022-03-03
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