You can tell when a war starts

You can tell when a war starts,

but when does the prewar start?

If there are rules about that, we should pass them on.

Hand them down inscribed in clay, in stone.

What would they say?

Among other things they would say:

Do not let your own people deceive you.

(From Cassandra; A Novel by Christa Wolf)

“Wann Krieg beginnt, das kann man wissen,

aber wann beginnt der Vorkrieg.

Falls es da Regeln gäbe, müßte man sie weitersagen.

In Ton, in Stein eingraben, überliefern.

Was stünde da?

Da stünde, unter andern Sätzen:

Laßt euch nicht von den Eignen täuschen.”

(From Cassandra; A Novel by Christa Wolf)

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