“War comes at the end of the twentieth century as absolute failure of imagination, scientific and political. That a war can be represented as helping a people to ‘feel good’ about themselves, their country, is a measure of that failure.” – Adrienne Rich (born May 16, 1929)
[(January 1991, What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics (1993) , as listed in The Little Book of Peace, edited by Patricia J. Chui (2001), pg 91].
Adrienne Rich is a prominent poet, essayist, feminist, and activist. [Sources for biographical information: Wikipedia].
Adrienne Rich wrote the above passage in 1991, after the first “Gulf War.” In 2010 the United States is fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Drone attacks in Pakistan are frequent. Will there be conflict with Iran and / or North Korea also?
Now, in a still new century, and some 19 years after Rich made her statement, is it still fair to state that “war is an absolute failure of imagination”?