Lie of war
The secular formula for peace is inscribed on the base of the Roman monument at Actium, a prominence overseeing the site of the war between Octavian and the combined forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 B.C., resulting in the victory of Octavian's forces.
The formula goes something like this: Our cause is just -- we go to war -- we win -- peace ensues. That formula has been invoked through the ages, but rings hollow.
During the 52-year reign of Augustus Caesar, the Roman armies had to be deployed continuously in the field, using force to dominate the Roman empire, for all that time save for six days.
The lie of war is invoked, over and over, resulting only in suffering, death, destruction and domination.
Now, President Trump is reciting the formula, using the scandalous murder of Syrians by forces of their President Bashar Assad to justify piling more bodies on top of all those already slaughtered.
The monument at Actium, largely forgotten, mocks the lie of wars waged ostensibly to effect peace. The definition of insanity applies: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.