Neither sweet nor fitting

The words ‘war party,’ sprayed on the wall of the old sugar mill building on Haleko Street, Lihu‘e, may seem some mindless rant, but can spring some deep conversation. Ernest Hemingway once said, ‘In modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.’ The first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin, seemed to agree with Hemingway. She was the only member to vote against entering World War II, and is quoted as saying, ‘You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.’

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