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The War Prayer


Written by Mark Twain during the Philippine-American war in the first decade of the twentieth century, The War Prayer tells of a patriotic church service held to send the town's young men off to war.  During the service, a stranger enters and addressses the gathering. He implies to the patriotic crowd that their prayers for victory are double-edged - that by praying for victory they are also praying for the destruction of the enemy...for the destruction of human life.