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"Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both."  Abraham Flexner

"Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose—and you allow him to make war at pleasure." Abraham Lincoln


"It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners."  Albert Camus

"We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives...inside ourselves."  Albert Camus

"Force always attracts men of low morality." Albert Einstein

"How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business."  Albert Einstein

"Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war."  Albert Einstein

"It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."  Albert Einstein

"What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood."  Aldous Huxley

"A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? [...] The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!" -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (Chapter 1 "Arrest")

"War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder." Alexander Berkman

"Can any reasonable man be well disposed toward a government which makes war and carnage the only means of supporting itself?" Alexander Hamilton

"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it."   Alexis de Tocqueville

"Distorted history boasts of bellicose glory . . . and seduces the souls of boys to seek mystical bliss in bloodshed and in battles."  Alfred Adler

"Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy."  Alfred Adler

"War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man."  Alfred Adler

"Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible." A. Philip Randolph

"You've got to forget about this civilian. Whenever you drop bombs, you're going to hit civilians."  Barry Goldwater

 

"A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang."  Benjamin Franklin

"All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones."  Benjamin Franklin

"The refusal of King George 3rd to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, was probably the prime cause of the revolution". Benjamin Franklin

"Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later."  Benjamin Franklin

"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."  Benjamin Harrison

"Let us not deceive ourselves; we must elect world peace or world destruction."  Bernard M. Baruch

"Either man will abolish war, or war will abolish man."   Bertrand Russell

"These men - ..., the politicians, ... - use their position, their knowledge, and their power of disseminating misinformation to arouse and stimulate the latent instinct for bloodshed. When they have succeeded, they say they are reluctantly forced to war by the pressure of public opinion." Bertrand Russell, "War and Non-Resistance," ATLANTIC MONTHLY, August 1915, p. 274.


"Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man has a right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has quarrel with mine, although I have none with him?"  Blaise Pascal

"After each war there is a little less democracy left to save."   Brooks Atkinson

"Politics is the womb in which war develops."   Carl P. G. von Clausewitz


"War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means." Carl P. G. von Clausewitz


"What would have happened if millions of American and British people, struggling with coupons and lines at the gas stations, had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New Jersey [part of the Rockefeller empire] managers shipped the enemy's fuel through neutral Switzerland and that the enemy was shipping Allied fuel? Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbor was doing millions of dollars' worth of business with the enemy with the full knowledge of the head office in Manhattan [the Rockefeller family among others?] Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in France with authorization from Dearborn, Michigan? Or that Colonel Sosthenes Behn, the head of the international American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from New York to Madrid to Berne during the war to help improve Hitler's communications systems and improve the robot bombs that devastated London? Or that ITT built the FockeWulfs that dropped bombs on British and American troops? Or that crucial ball bearings were shipped to Nazi-associated customers in Latin America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Goering's cousin in Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of them? Or that such arrangements were known about in Washington and either sanctioned or deliberately ignored?"  Charles Higham, researcher, about U.S.-Nazi collaboration during WWII

"He who wants peace must prepare for war." Claudius

"War does not determine who is Right.  War only determines who is Left."  Confucius

"Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master." Demosthenes

"War is sweet to those who haven't tasted it." Desiderius Erasmus

"Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe." Dianne Feinstein

"There can be no peace on earth as long as there is war in love." Dieter Duhm

"I have known war as few men now living know it. Its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes." Gen. Douglas MacArthur

"All of us have heard this term "preventive war" since the earliest days of Hitler. ... A preventive war, to my mind, is an impossibility today. How could you have one if one of its features would be several cities lying in ruins, several cities where many, many thousands of people would be dead and injured and mangled, the transportation systems destroyed, sanitation implements and systems all gone? That isn't preventive war; that is war. ... I don't believe there is such a thing; and, frankly, I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing." Dwight D. 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.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

"They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people." Eugene Debs


"The only way we eliminate war is to love our children more than we hate our enemies." Golda Meir

"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount... The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. 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."  General Omar N. Bradley


"The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous."  George Orwell

"War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it." George Orwell

"An idea is growing in foreign policy circles in Washington … that there is no turning back. We are stuck in Iraq and Afghanistan for 25 to 40 years, we are embedded in our prideful unilateralism, and nothing can return us to more traditional American values and principles of action. The hubristic creators of this "inevitability” planned it this way. … Their failures in Iraq have not stopped the fanatic, power-hungry neoconservatives. … The hard-liners who dominate this administration … have led us to eternal conflict with Muslims." Georgie Anne Geyer

"A war, even the most successful one, is a national misfortune." Helmuth James

"Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of 'Emergency'. It was a tactic of Lenin, Hitler and Mussolini."  Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) 31st President of the U.S

"Naturally the common people don't want war. Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Hermann Goering, Nuremberg jail cell interview with intelligence officer Gustave Gilbert, recorded in his book Nuremberg Diary

"We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children." Howard Zinn

"War itself requires no special motive but appears to be engrafted on human nature; it passes even for something noble, to which the love of glory impels men quite apart from any selfish urges. Thus among the American savages, just as much as among those of Europe during the age of chivalry, military valor is held to be of great worth in itself, not only during war (which is natural) but in order that there should be war. Often war is waged only in order to show valor; thus an inner dignity is ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who said, "War is an evil inasmuch as it produces more wicked men than it takes away." So much for the measures nature takes to lead the human race, considered as a class of animals, to her own end." Immanuel Kant

"Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. "In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. "The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war… and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”   James Madison, April 20, 1795


"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home…”   James Madison

"Most Americans are so brainwashed by the time they complete twelve years of government education that they cannot even recognize mass murder by the U.S. government as a crime." Jeff Knaebel
 
"There’s only one way to abolish war, and that’s to abolish government." Jim Davies, THE ON LINE FREEDOM ACADEMY, Segment 10, Sec. 4

"War is the trade of Kings." John Dryden

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind . . .War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today." John F. Kennedy

"Maybe we should always show pictures. Bin Laden, pictures of our wounded service people, pictures of maimed innocent civilians. We can only make decisions about war if we see what war actually is - and not as a video game where bodies quickly disappear leaving behind a shiny gold coin." Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

"War is just one more big government program." Joseph Sobran

"War has all the characteristics of socialism most conservatives hate: Centralized power, state planning, false rationalism, restricted liberties, foolish optimism about intended results, and blindness to unintended secondary results." Joseph Sobran

"...there is no provision in the Charter itself that contemplates ending war. It is true the Charter provides for force to bring peace, but such use of force is itself war... The Charter is a war document not a peace document... Not only does the Charter Organization not prevent future wars, but it makes it practically certain that we shall have future wars, and as to such wars it takes from us the power to declare them, to choose the side on which we shall fight, to determine what forces and military equipment we shall use in the war, and to control and command our sons who do the fighting." J. Reuben Clark, Jr.

"As long as people believe in government, wars will never end."  Larken Rose

 
"But when a deluded or ignorant young man has once been enticed into a contract to kill others, and to take his chances of being killed himself, in the service of the government, for any given number of years, the government holds that such a contract to sell his liberty, his judgment, his conscience, and his life, is a valid and binding contract; and that if he fails to fulfil it, he may rightfully be shot.
All these things prove that the government recognizes no right of the individual, to his own life, or liberty, or to the exercise of his own will, judgment, or conscience, in regard to his killing his fellow-men, or to being killed himself, if the government sees fit to use him as mere war material, in maintaining its arbitrary dominion over other human beings." Lysander Spooner in a Letter To Grover Cleveland

"The government does not even recognize a man's natural right to his own life. If it have need of him, for the maintenance of its power, it takes him, against his will (conscripts him), and puts him before the cannon's mouth, to be blown in pieces, as if he were a mere senseless thing, having no more rights than if he were a shell, a canister, or a torpedo. It considers him simply as so much senseless war material, to be consumed, expended, and destroyed for the maintenance of its power. It no more recognizes his right to have anything to say in the matter, than if he were but so much weight of powder or ball. It does not recognize him at all as a human being, having any rights whatever of his own, but only as an instrument, a weapon, or a machine, to be used in killing other men." Lysander Spooner in a Letter To Grover Cleveland

"The government not only denies a man's right, as a moral human being, to have any will, any judgment, or any conscience of his own, as to whether he himself will be killed in battle, but it equally denies his right to have any will, any judgment, or any conscience of his on, as a moral human being, as to whether he shall be used as a mere weapon for killing other men. If he refuses to kill any, or all, other men, whom it commands him to kill, it takes his own life, as unceremoniously as if he were but a dog." Lysander Spooner in a Letter To Grover cleveland

"Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."  Mao Tsa Tung

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." Marcus Tullius Cicero

"It is in war that the State really comes into its own: swelling in power, in number, in pride, in absolute dominion over the economy and the society." Murray Rothbard

"War is a serious business, and in a totalitarian society, the dictator simply says 'we're going to war' and he marches. In a democratic society, the theory is that if the political leadership is committed to war, they present reasons. The role of the media at that point is to present the relevant background, ...and to offer a forum of debate. That never happened. 99.9% of the discussion excluded the option of a peaceful settlement."  Noam Chomsky, on the media during the period of time leading up to the Persian Gulf War

"During war, the laws are silent." Quintus Tillius Cicero

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"War is the most expensive things humans do.” Rick Maybury, EARLY WARNING REPORT, May 2008, p. 5.

"[T]he arguments that have been addressed to us lead me to utter more explicit misgivings about war powers than the Court has done. The Government asserts no constitutional basis for this legislation other than this vague, undefined and undefinable 'war power.' No one will question that this power is the most dangerous one to free government in the whole catalogue of powers. It is usually invoked in haste and excitement, when calm legislative consideration of constitutional limitation is difficult. It is executed in a time of patriotic fervor that makes moderation unpopular. And, worst of all, it is interpreted by judges under the influence of the same passions and pressures. Always, as in this case, the Government urges hasty decision to forestall some emergency or serve some purpose and pleads that paralysis will result if its claims to power are denied or their confirmation delayed." Justice Robert H. Jackson

"Particularly when the war power is invoked to do things to the liberties of people, or to their property or economy that only indirectly affect conduct of the war and do not relate to the engagement of the war itself, the constitutional basis should be scrutinized with care. ... I would not be willing to hold that war powers may be indefinitely prolonged merely by keeping legally alive a state of war that had in fact ended. I cannot accept the argument that war powers last as long as the effects and consequences of war for if so they are permanent -- as permanent as the war debts." Justice Robert H. Jackson

"It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking." Ron Paul

 
"No one has ever succeeded in keeping nations at war except by lies." Salvador de Madariaga
 
"We are mad, not only individually, but nationally.  We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crimes of slaughtering whole peoples?"  Seneca, approx. 50 A.D

"Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist. You do it with a whole fleet and are called an emperor." A pirate, from St. Augustine's "City of God"


"If a murder is committed privately it is considered a crime. But if it happens with the authority of the state, they call it courage." St. Cyprian

"So I came back to see him a few weeks later and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said: ‘Are we still going to war with Iraq?’ and he said ‘Oh it’s worse than that’. He said as he reached over on his desk and picked up a piece of paper and he said ‘I just got this down from upstairs (meaning from the Secretary of Defence’s Office) today, this is a memo which describes how we are going to take out seven countries in five years, starting off with Iraq and Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finishing off Iran”. On 2nd March 2007, US General Wesley Clark

"The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should therefore be hushed.  A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated.  If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare war and they are screened at once from scrutiny."  William Ellery Channing



 

 

 



 
 
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