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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

61- How Wars Start?(1) Image: An angry man صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل غاضب Image: An angry man

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل غاضب

A boy asked his father, Tell me father how do wars start?

Father answered, Ill tell you about the First World War as an example; the war started when Germany attacked Belgium.

At this point the mother interrupted and said sharply, Tell your son the truth, the war started when some people got killed.

The father could not tolerate the mothers intrusion in such a way and he looked at the mother to reprimand her saying, He didnt ask you, he asked me and why are you interrupting me?

Mother became very angry, left the room quickly and slammed the door shut so hard that a shelf on the wall shook and some of the expensive art pieces fell on the ground and were broken.

The silence was then interrupted by the son saying, Now I know father and mother how wars start.

I dont need an answer.

→ English translation of the story here at كيف تنشأ الحروب؟


Footnotes and references for this page here at

(1) Green, M.P. Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. Baker Book House. 1992. 19.

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