A war and love story from a novel 
 by Rolf A. F. Witzsche.





The radio crackles:
 "I have a woman with children here. Shall I let them go?" 
"Shoot them!"
 "Shoot children?"
 "Small rebels grow up and become big rebels. Shoot them!"

The imperial song is war. It has always been that. No empire can exist without force to make its claim and maintain its looting of society. History has been laced with horrendous furies of destruction, all in defense of empires or to build empires. They flared up in huge and small spectacles of rage and terror that changed the course of history, but accomplished nothing for the advance of civilization. There is nothing inevitable about war except the peace that ensues when the strength of society is spent. Some day we will learn that and wars will be taken off the agenda.

The principle of humanity is not force, but love, expressed in caring, building, unifying, uplifting. If we are honest with ourselves we find these to be inevitable as the protagonists in the story discover to their own great surprise. The Principle of Universal Love is the principle of our humanity, the principle that enriches, that open doors that have been shut against love. Does anyone dare to explore what lies behind them? What is the harder challenge that we face, to embrace the Principle of Universal Love on which civilization is established, or to embrace the pains of war?

The story is fictional story that unfolds during a diplomatic mission to the German Democratic Republic, the Communist East of Germany that once stood at the center between East and West.

The story that is presented here, Shoot Children, a story about war and love,  is made up of two chapters of the novel, Discovering Love, the first episode of the series, The Lodging for the Rose, by Rolf A. F. Witzsche.

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