Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Quotes About War....

While I've been “researching” this “series” I came upon some quotes that I found striking.  Striking too because of the person who authored the quote. 

 Proverbs 3:31 (KJV)
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

That pretty much is self explanatory....when you think of it in terms of war.

Benjamin Franklin said "There never was a good war or a bad peace."

Colman McCarthy Warmaking doesn't stop warmaking. If it did, our problems would have stopped millennia ago.

What is that well known addage....if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll get what you've always had. Something like that.  Cindi's paraphrase. 

David Friedman The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

Dwight Eisenhower: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

Howard Thurman: During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.

General Douglas MacArthur: I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.

Now this is a guy who, when he speaks of war, I really take note of what he says.....

In order for us human beings to commit ourselves personally to the inhumanity of war, we find it necessary first to dehumanize our opponents, which is in itself a violation of the beliefs of all religions. Once we characterize our adversaries as beyond the scope of God's mercy and grace, their lives lose all value. We deny personal responsibility when we plant landmines and, days or years later, a stranger to us — often a child – is crippled or killed. From a great distance, we launch bombs or missiles with almost total impunity, and never want to know the number or identity of the victims.
JIMMY CARTER, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 10, 200


There is also a large collection of anti war quotes on Anti War.com


dena said...

These are SO astonishing! They really get to the heart of the matter, past all the machinations that usually pass for war-wisdom.

Thanks for boldly sharing them!

Shalom, Dena

Cindi said...

Hi, Dena...
Check out the anti war quotes on antiwar.com (link at the bottom of the post) There are a lot of them.

I love quotes. They really get to the heart of a matter in very few words. I think the one I came across that expresses mankind's tendency toward violence the most succinctly and heart wrenchingly was:

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Omar N. Bradley