WAR AND PACIFISM
Liberal friendly quotes:
"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already
earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake,
since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace
to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command,
senseless brutality, deplorable loce-of-country stance, how violently
I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather
be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my
conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but
an act of murder."
-- Albert Einstein
"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be
attained through understanding."
-- Albert Einstein
"Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the
nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing
falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine
any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself
that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep
he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
-- Mark Twain, Chronicle of Young Satan
"By and by when each nation has 20,000 battleships and
5,000,000 soldiers we shall all be safe and the wisdom of statesmanship
will stand confirmed."
-- Mark Twain, Notebook, 1902
"Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities,
War. He is the only one that gathers is brethren about him and
goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind.
He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out
and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done
him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel
And in the intervals
between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works
for 'the universal brotherhood of man' -- with his mouth."
-- Mark Twain, What Is Man
"The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter
which side he's on."
-- Joseph Heller, Catch-22
"Men love war because it allows them to look serious.
Because it is the one thing that stops women from laughing at
-- John Fowles, The Magus
"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior
to all other countries because you were born in it."
-- George Bernard Shaw
"Older men declare war. But it is the youth who must
fight and die."
-- Herbert Hoover, speech, Republican National Convention
"When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die."
-- Jean-Paul Sartre, Le Diable et le bon Dieu.
"The first casualty when war comes is truth."
--Senator Hiram Johnson, attributed
"For what can war, but endless war still breed?"
-- John Milton, To Fairfax
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only
as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."
-- Dwight David Eisenhower
"No battle plan survives contact with the enemy."
-- General Norman Schwartzkopf
And from the other side...
"In starting a waging a war, it is not right that matters
-- Adolf Hitler, quoted in William Shirer's The Rise and Fall
of the Third Reich
"If the German people in its historic development had
possessed that herd unity [defined here by Hitler as racial solidarity]
which other peoples enjoyed, the German Reich today would doubtless
be mistress of the globe. World history would have taken a different
course, and no one can distinguish whether in this way we would
not have obtained what so many blinded pacifists today hope to
gain by begging, whining and whimpering: a peace, supported not
by the palm branches of tearful, pacifist female mourners, but
based on the victorious sword of a master people, putting the
world into the service of a higher culture."
-- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 396
"In actual fact the pacifistic-humane idea is perfectly all
right perhaps when the highest type of man has previously conquered
and subjected the world to an extent that makes him the sole ruler
of this earth
Therefore, first struggle and then perhaps
-- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 288
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