War and Death Hit Home
We are harmonizing, in unison and beginning to echo in the halls of government. Uproar in House as Parties Clash on Iraq Pullout our voices are being heard, and echoed in the halls and chambers of rule and law. We are finding our morals, our ethics, our power as a people. Do not be afraid to voice your opinion call your representatives, your senators, your president 202-456-1111. Bipartisanship worked to hand over the power to decide if we go to war in Iraq or not, with trust and even some weary they voted yes. Confusing the issue is where the vote to shift the power to decide, and revised recollections reported on our squawk boxes as a pure vote 'for war' is false stated. Without much time to listen to their constituents congress gave the ultimate vote singularly to Bush himself. He took us to war without even approval of the UN. Without full approval of the American public, and with lies to congress and the world to justify the illegality of the invasion. Do not be falsely fooled, you are patriotic to hope our soldiers come home, if you cheer for war, death and slaughter you are only benefiting the profits of the truly evil ones. Some thoughts:
One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976), Autobiography (1977)
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), (attributed)
War is not nice.
Barbara Bush (1925 - ) what simple words from such a beautiful mind
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967), The People, Yes (1936)
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
George Orwell (1903 - 1950), Polemic, May 1946, "Second Thoughts on James Burnham"
War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.
Georges Clemenceau (1841 - 1929)
War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.
Georges Clemenceau (1841 - 1929)
The outcome of the war is in our hands; the outcome of words is in the council.
Homer (800 BC - 700 BC), The Iliad
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
Jimmy Carter (1924 - )
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)
War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with.
Lois McMaster Bujold, "The Vor Game", 1990
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), "Non-Violence in Peace and War"
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
Mao Tse-Tung (1893 - 1976)
The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
Omar Bradley (1893 - 1981), Speech to Boston Chamber of Commerce, 1948
Either war is obsolete or men are.
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983), New Yorker, Jan. 8, 1966
It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.
Robert E. Lee (1807 - 1870)
Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), Second World War (1948)
The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving.
Ulysses S. Grant (1822 - 1885)
Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.
W. L. George
The idea of all-out nuclear war is unsettling.
Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)
You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers (1879 - 1935), New York Times, Dec. 23, 1929
I think Plato said "The only ones to know the end of war are the dead."
Wonder Why John Murtha Is Right! and why you should make it your war to make peace