"You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you."
"Waste of Blood, and waste of tears,
Waste of youth’s most precious years.
Waste of ways the saints have trod,
Waste of Glory, waste of God
Kennedy Studert (1883-1929)
"Unconsciousness is the aim of pure war."
"As peace is of all goodness, so war is an emblem, a hiergoglyphic, of all misery."
"All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys."
"War is the unfolding of miscalculations.:
"all the gods are dead except the god of war."
"War possesses the essential characteristics of sacred things. She forbids an objective consideration of what she really is. She paralyzes the spirit of investigation."
"The experience of the war, like the experience of every crisis in history, of every great disaster and every sudden turn in human life, stuns and shatters some, but it enlightens and hardens others."
-V.I. Lenin (June 1915)
"I see only one acceptable remedy: that we no longer deceive ourselves about war, that we tell as much as have come to know of her as eyewitnesses, without glossing anything over."
"That Militant glory that attractive rainbow that showers of blood, that serpents eye that charms to destroy
"It is the incorrect assumption that war, as an institution, is subordinate to the social system it is believed to serve..,.Few social clichés are so unquestioningly accepted as the notion that war is an objective...war is itself the basic social system.,. Once this is correctly understood....some of the puzzling superficial contradictions of modern societies can then be readily rationalized, ,the 'unnecessary 'size and power of the world war industry; the pre-eminence of the military establishment in every society, whether open or concealed.... these and other ambiguities closely associated with the relationship of war to society are easily clarified, once the priority of war- making potential as the principal structuring force in society is accepted. economic systems, political Philosophies and corporations serve and extend the war system, not vice versa report from Iron mountain
report from Iron mountain
"I had just shut the golden-cage after giving a lesson to
my parrot ,
And was looking sidelong in my phoenix mirror as I lazily
combed my hair,
Idly leaning the while on the carved balustrade in silent thought,
When suddenly I beheld a cloud of red dust rising outside
And men appeared in the streets beating metal drums.
The citizens rush out of doors half-dazed with terror,
Meanwhile government troops are entering the city from the west,
And propose to meet the emergency by marching to the
T'ung pass. . .
Yet a little while, and my husband gallops up on horseback
Dismounting, he enters the gate; stupefied he stands, like
a drunken man.
Even now he had met the Purple canopy departing into exile,
And he had seen white banners advancing from all parts of
the country . . .
Supporting the infirm and leading children by the hand,
fugitives are calling to
one another in the turmoil;
Some clamber on to roofs, others scale walls, and all is in disorder.
Neighbors in the south run into hiding with neighbors in
And those in the east make for shelter with those in the west.. .
Boom,boom! - Heaven and earth shake with the rumbling of
And the thunder of ten thousand horses ' hoofs re-echoes
from the ground
and up into the
And the twelve official thoroughfares are soon seething with
smoke and flame
The Sun's orb sinks in the west, giving place to the cold pale
light of the Moon. . .
Every home now runs with bubbling fountains of blood,
Every place rings with a victim's shrieks, shrieks that cause
the very Earth to quake.
Dancing and singing girls must all undergo secret outrage;
Infants and tender maidens are torn living from their parent's
Our eastern neighbor had a daughter, whose eyebrows were but
A beauty above all price, to overthrow a city or a state;
Between tall spears she is escorted into a warrior's chariot,
Turning to gaze back at her fragrant boudoir, while her
handkerchief is soaked
with tears. . . . . . .
(A poets description of the destruction of the great city of
Cities of Destiny
edited by Arnold Toynbee
McGraw Hill Publishers
"Thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm
of war. '
"Kubla heard from afar
Ancestral voices prophesying war."
"on the idle hill of Summer
sleepy with the flow of streams,
Far I hear the steady drummer
Drumming like a noise in dreams.
far and near and loud and louder
On the roads of earth go by,
Dear to friends and food for powder,
soldiers marching, all to die...
For the calling bugles hollow
high the screaming fife replies,
Gay the files of scarlet Follow:
Woman bore me, 1 will rise."
Suddenly hurtle before my dream awakened eyes,
and then -the clash of fallen horsemen and the cries
of unknown perishing armies beat about my ears.
"The greatest tragedy is war, but so long as there is mankind, there will be war."
"It's (war) not over, the horror is only collecting its strength to break out again under more favorable circumstances. But all the same! ' my father declared, 'I don't believe in another war. The majority of men are against it. 'that has nothing to do with it,' said Kafka in a resigned voice. 'Majorities decide nothing. They always do what they are told!"
"I am only an ignorant Cowpuncher but there ain't nobody on earth, I don't care how smart they are, ever going to make me believe they will ever stop wars."
Another advantage to breaking this inevitability spell is the wonderful feeling we have when an old and powerful evil is banished. All of us carry guilt and a sense of frustration when we are powerless in the face of the "inevitable." Only the demands of the sensitive human conscience are capable of liberating us from these ancient dragons. It wasn't because of some "Holy writ" that slavery was banished-one finds plenty of evidence in the Bible to support its "inevitability." But the awakened human conscience would not tolerate its existence in any form.
Conversation with Kafka
"It is a sense of powerlessness that also causes nations to initiate wars. This has little to do with their "actual" world situation or with the power that other might assign to them, but to an overall sense of powerlessness-even, sometimes, regardless of world dominance."
The Nature of Personal Reality
A Seth Book
by Jane Roberts
"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the very few at the expense of the masses."
Major General Smedley Butler
l937-Armistice Day celebration
"The gift of rhetoric has been responsible for more bloodshed on this earth than all the guns and explosives that were ever invented."
"The whole direction of the human mind has taken such a perverse turn, mainly as a result of the materialistic bias of the modern intellect, that even if an angel were to descend from the sky to warn the race against the danger, perhaps, only a handful of the simpler fold would listen to him. 'the others would treat it as an optical illusion and proceed on their way."
The Shape of Events to Come
"At present with arsenals of nuclear weapons estimated at seventy times the quantity needed to kill every living vertebrate on earth, we are stubbornly making preparations for a war that will profit no individual, nations, or ideology but will condemn thousands of millions to a horrible death. What force urges down a path that is daily more dangerous? To whose advantage is the nuclear destruction of the planet? Only that force which from the beginning has with infinite cruelty and malice willed the destruction of the cosmos. If we are to avoid nuclear war, we must confront radical evil squarely."
Jeffrey Burton Russell
"In the real world of defense, the happy grin of old Joe Wonk" is ever present. I am not being facetious when I state that his existence on both sides of the curtain is a great butttress of world peace. Either side can calculate how effective their attack, surprise or not, will be because of those missiles fired, submarines navigated, or bombers recently repaired by old Joe Wonk. May God bless and preserve his fouled-up head forever."
Arthur T. Hadley
The Straw Giant
Random house NY
So long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its Fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar it will cease To be popular.
IDEAS FOR PEACE
"There can never be peace between nations until there is first
known that true peace which is within the souls of men. This
comes when men realize their oneness with the universe and all
its powers, and when they know that the Great Spirit is at its
center, that all things are his works, and that this center is
really everywhere, it is within each of us. He watches over and
sustains all life. His breath gives life; it is from him and to
him that all generations come and go."
"We are amazed and saddened to find how much of your lives is devoted to inventing and using destructive machines with which you murder each other. We see you spending vast sums of money pretending to bring peace on earth, when you should know that the only way of obtaining peace is free-through Christ: Love. There is no other way, so why waste your time and money?
(a message given to Arthur Matthews
The Wall of Light A.H. Matthews
IDEAS FOR STOPPING WAR
"The Pacifists....merely assert that if only men loved one another, all the complex, and sometimes horrible, realities of the political order Could be dispensed with. They do not see that their 'if' begs the most basic problem of human history. It is because men are sinners that justice can be achieved only by a certain degree of coercion On the one hand, and by resistance to coercion and tyranny on the other hand, "
"As man faces the truth and begins to appreciate that all humanity, ney all creation, is one, the problem of wars will commence to disappear."
"The only alternative to war and its suffering is seen to be to stop hating and to love, to stop wanting and to give, to stop dominating and to serve."
"How can there be peace without people understanding each other, and how can this be if they don't know each other."
Lester B. Pearson
(Nobel prize winner)
Ellen ey (1849-1926)
"Only in this century have large numbers of people begun to question the basic assumptions of civilized societies about the usefulness and inevitability of war, as two mutually reinforcing trends have gained strength. One is moral: for all the atrocities we still practice on each other, the people of the twentieth century are nevertheless more likely than their ancestors to imagine that war-that is, killing foreigners for political reasons-may be simply wrong. "
War is an inevitable part of capitalism."
"War is no accident and no 'sin' as the Christian reverends think They, like all opportunists, preach patriotism, humanitarianism, and pacifism."
"Production has, for the past fifty years or so, been outstripping the ability of our society to absorb it, and this trend grows at an accelerating rate. The reasons are basically that The continuing advancement in production techniques of everything in the material world, and the constricting effect of a money system based on usury, compound interest and inflation -a money system which is designed not for the distribution of goods but for the profit of those who manipulate it. Thus, the balance between production and consumption must be redressed every generation or so by war, which not only consumes vast amounts of production but also removes men from the labor market and leaves a void of destruction as its aftermath Which requires more production to repair. This describes the horror of our situation...The big picture is this. We are all ensnared by the tentacles of a system of social control, operating at all levels of society, which demands tile blood sacrifice of millions of the cream of our youth every generation in bloody aggression to maintain prosperity."
(founder of the far-right 'Liberty Lobby"...note the similar
conclusions he draws with that of Lenin)
"Such subtle covenants shall be made
Till peace itself is war in masquerade."
"They have not wanted 'Peace' at all; they have wanted to be spared war-as though the absence of war was the same thing as peace."
"Throughout the old Testament is a constant appeal to a dream of
peace. . .The idea of a universal peace which will see the swords
beaten into plough-shares; and spears into pruning hooks." Amos &
Micah urged everyone not just to love PEACE but to pursue PEACE.
"Grant us peace,
Thy most precious gift.. . ."
Peace is not the normal State on this planet-only 300 years of
peace in recorded History.
Russia has been at war 46 of every 100 years.
England 56 of every 100 years and Spain even more.
Not 1 year of peace this century.
(One Professor calculates 23 days this century)
A generation that hates war will not bring peace. A generation that
loves peace will bring peace."
"Mr. Chairman, the Peace Academy is an idea whose time has come at last. Personally, I believe that there is a need for training the best and brightest Americans in the processes of peace and conflict resolution. We take many of our most intelligent high school graduates and send them to military academies to learn the art of waging war, Why can't we make it possible for them to learn how to wage peace? To those who say we can't afford to have an Academy of Peace--even a modest one as proposed by the Commission--I would respond that we can't afford not to have one. For if there is one thing that I know, that wars are started in the hearts and minds of men, and if we want to prevent Future wars we can only do it by promoting peace in the hearts and minds of men. I strongly urge the Subcommittee to give favorable consideration to S, 1889."
Senator Spark Matsunaga
(s 1889 is a Bill to establish the U.S. Academy of Peace. This idea has surfaced many times since the beginning of our Republic. During the last 50 years, more than 140 bills have been introduced in Congress calling for the establishment of such an agency. The fact that we do not have an Academy of Peace illustrates that we do not consider Peace-making an art worthy of our efforts and resources.)
"Rejecting the pessimism of many of his conservative contemporaries, who believed that war could never be completely eliminated Kant in one of his last works (Eternal Peace,l795)made a fervent plea for universal peace, and a prediction regarding its accomplishment, through a voluntary world federation of republics:
"By the expenditure of all the resources of the commonwealth in military preparations against each other, by the devastations occasioned by war, and still more by the necessity of holding themselves continually in readiness for it, the full development of the capacities of mankind are undoubtedly retarded in their progress; but, on the other hand, the very evils which thus arise, compel men to find out means against them. A law of equilibrium is thus discovered for the regulation of the really wholesome antagonisms of contiguous States as it springs up out of their freedom; and a united power, giving emphasis to this law, is constituted, whereby there is introduced a universal condition of public security among the nations."
taken from Why War Ideology, Theory & History
Keith L. Nelson & Spencer C. Olin Jr.
U of California Press
"He is a universal species-a good-natured, Kind-hearted, naive-but-cunning little man who confounds confusion by following verbatim the letter of the law, reducing bureaucrats, politicians and militarists to absurdity by taking them absurdly seriously. He wants to do everything right and always does everything wrong, He is forever in trouble but nothing perturbs his philosophical state of mind. Deep down in his heart he knows he is a good citizen who really does the right thing though others may not."
Prague The Mystical City
"When a soldier begins to think, he is no longer a soldier but a nuisance, a damned civilian."
"Everybody may make a mistake, and the more he thinks about something, the more mistakes he makes."
"As new ideas do battle, like a play of Forces, with the old for the minds of men and of women, we need some new names to go with them. John Somerville has already proposed 'Omnicide'(all-killing) as the label to succeed mere genocide when applied to nuclear war. I suggest that its opposite, the love of life, be called "amorvitae' and that we rally to its banner, as we in fact did in marching up Filth Avenue now to Central Park. We are marching into all the corridors of power on behalf of the powerless. We are marching for our abused planet. We are marching through the synapses of your mind. Can you hear us.
'All we are saying is
Give peace a chance . "
While we still have that chance.
James s George
One Year to Go?
"Genuine Peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process-a way of solving problems. "
John F . Kennedy
"World peace involves the private renunciation of war on the part of the immense majority, but along with this, it involves and unavowed readiness to submit to being the booty of others who do not renounce it. It begins with the state-destroying wish for universal reconciliation, and it ends in nobody moving a Finger so long as misfortune touches only his neighbor."
The Decline of the West
"If the workers of this world, men and women, decide not to manufacture and transport ammunition, it would end war for all time. Me must do that. dedicate our lives to drying up the source of war: ammunition factories."
"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace."
IDEAS FOR STOPPING WAR
"The more people who become fully human in the world, the more they can do for themselves; the fewer the number of apes, the less Seductive the voices prophesying war. "
Harper' s Mar 1959
"In short, we can say today that man is far too clever to be able to survive without wisdom. No one as really working for peace unless he is working primarily for the restoration of wisdom."
Small is Beautiful
"Turning on people to LSD is the precise and only way to keep war from blowing up the whole system. "
Augustus Owsley Stanley III
"War is harsh, it is attended by hardship and suffering; it means a vast expenditure of men and money. We may well pray for the coming of the day, promised in holy Writ, when the swords shall be beaten into plowshares and the spears into pruning hooks; but universal peace cannot come until Justice is enthroned throughout the world. Jehovah deals with nations as he deals with men, and for both decrees that the wages of sin is death. Until the right has triumphed in every land and love reigns in every heart governments must, as a last resort appeal to force. As long as the oppressor is deaf to the voice of reason, so long must the citizen accustom his shoulder to the musket and his hand to the saber."
William Jennings Bryan
(from a speech in Omaha June,l898)
"The only philosophy that, throughout the centuries, that has constantly and deliberately refrained from exalting war is that of the Chinese. Confucius makes the curious statement, "A really great General does not like war, and is neither vindictive nor impassioned. Up to recent times, the Chinese gloried in their military weakness, and drew a conviction of their superiority over foreign civilizations from their contempt for war like values. In their traditional hierarchy the soldier was placed in the most lowly position, just above the brigand."
Gaston Bouthoul '
"Peace cannot be built on exclusivism, absolutism, and intolerance. But neither can it be built on vague liberal slogans and pious programs gestated in the smoke of confabulation. There can be no peace on earth without the kind of inner change that brings man back to his "right mind. "
"To delionize the generals and admirals and to deglorify war is a job
that the press can tackle right now."
"One hears of the mechanical equivalent of heat. What we now need to discover in the social realm is the moral equivalent of war: something heroic that will speak to men as universally as war does, and yet will be compatible with their spiritual selves as war has proved itself to be incompatible. I have often thought that in the old monkish poverty-worship, in spite of the pedantry which infested it, there might be something like that moral equivalent of war which we are seeking. May not voluntarily accepted poverty be 'the strenuous life, ' without the need of crushing weaker peoples?"
The Varieties of Religious experience
"None the less, it is useless to attack this hydra-headed monster of war in a state of wild and unreasoning emotion. As you yourself have stated, that is what the average pacifist does. He rails against the 'horrors of war', and having railed, shrugs his shoulders and says that he will have none of the nasty business. this is not a very helpful attitude to the average man, though it may be and often is, a noble one. The trouble about is that it ignores the facet that man is a social animal and is unable to stand aside on matters of national policy."
(excerpt from a letter written to
H.G Wells from Beverly Nichols)
October 21, 1967, Washington, D.C. , U.S.A., Planet Earth
We Freemen, of all colors of the spectrum, in the name of God, RA, Jehovah, Anubis, Osiris, Tlaloc, Quetzalcoatl,Thoth, Ptah, Allah, Krishna, Chango, Chimeke, Chukwu, Olisa- Bulu-Uwa, Imales, Orisasu, Odudua, Kali, Shiva-Shakra, Great Spirit, Dionysus, Yahweh, Thor, Bacchus, Isis, Jesus Christ, Maitreya, Buddha, Rama do exorcise and cast out the EVIL which has walled and captured the pentacle of power and perverted its use to the need of the total machine and its child the hydrogen bomb and has suffered the people of the planet earth, the American people and creatures of the mountains, woods, streams, and oceans grievous mental and physical torture and the constant torment of the imminent threat of utter destruction. We are demanding that the pentacle of power once again be used to serve the interests of GOD manifest in the world as man. We are embarking on a motion which is millennial in scope. Let this day, October 21, 1967, mark the beginning of suprapolitics.
By act of reading this paper you are engaged in the Holy Ritual of Exorcism. To further participate focus your thought on the casting out of evil through the grace of GOD which is all (ours) . A billion stars in a billion galaxies of space and time is the form of your power, and limitless is your name.
(Passed out to the Marchers during the March on the Pentagon)
Armies of the Night
Now while the Indian triangle and the cymbal sounded, while a trumpet offered a mournful subterranean wail, full of sobs, and mahogany shadows of sorrow, and all four groans from hell's dungeon, while finger bells tinkled. and drums beat, so did a solemn voice speak something approximate to this: 'In the name of the amulets of touching seeing, groping, hearing and loving, we call upon the powers of the cosmos to protect our ceremonies in the name of Zeus, in the name of Anubis, god of the dead, in the name of all those killed because they do not comprehend, in the name of the lives of the soldiers in Vietnam who were killed because of bad Karma, in the name of sea-born Aphrodite, in the name of Dionysus, Zagreus, Jesus, Yahweh, the unnamable, the quintessent finality of the Zoroastrian fire, in the name of Hermes, in the name of the Beak of sok, in the name of the scarab, in the name of the Tyrone power Pound Cake society in the Sky, in the name of Rah, Osiris, Horus, Hepta, Isis, in the mouth of the river, we call upon the spirit....to raise the Pentagon from its destiny and preserve it." Now spoke another voice. "In the name, and all the names, it is you. " Now the voice intoned a new chant, leaving the echo of the harsh invocation of all giants and thunders in the beat of cymbals, triangles, drum, leather bells, the sour anguish of a trumpet reaching for evil scurried through the tents of a medieval carnival.then all the musicians suddenly cried out: "Out, demons, out-back to darkness, ye servants of Satan-out, demons, out! Out, demons out! Voices from the back cried: "Out!.. ..Out! . . . .Out!" mournful as the wind of a cave. Now the music went up louder and louder, and voices chanting, "Out, demons, Out! Out, demons Out! Out demons, Out!"
(description of the
exorcism of the Pentagon on)
The armies of Night
IDEAS FOR STOPPING WAR
"It would be a service to humanity and to one's people to dispel this illusion and show That battles are. They are buffooneries, and none the less buffooneries because they are made terrible by the spilling of blood, the actors heroes in the eyes of the world, are only poor folk torn between fear, discipline and pride. They play some hours at a game of advance and retreat, without ever meeting, closing with, even seeing closely, the other poor folk, the enemy, who are as fearful as they but who are caught in the same web of circumstance. "
Colonel Ardant du Picq
"A soldier of peace, unlike the one of the sword, has to give all his spare time to the promotion of peace alike in war time as in peace time. His work in peace time is both a measure of prevention of, as also that of preparation for, war time."
'When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to
be at peace with him."
"The only way to' abolish war is to make peace heroic. "
Human Nature and Conduct II
"Society will have taken an immeasurable step toward peace when it estimates a citizen by his output rather than by his income and gives the crown of his approval to the one who makes the largest contribution to the welfare of all."
"All movements in the interest of peace have back of them the idea of brotherhood. If peace is to come in this world, it will come because people more and more clearly recognize the indissoluble tie that binds each human being to every other."
William Jennings Bryan
"Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. "
"There will be peace when our aim is to do something for each other."
(The "Swiss Solution")
"One of the most remarkable things about the Swiss to people who understand their language is the constant reference to hatreds among the various groups. Zurchers despise Bernese and hate the French. The French openly express fierce dislike of all German Swiss, and both groups are openly contemptuous of the Italians. Yet his "hatred" never spills over into action. The Genevois treats Zurchers with the same fairness he gives a Frenchman. Zurich courtesy toward Lugano may be cool, but it is always eminently correct. What happens is that Swiss talk their hatreds and frustrations freely-then fail to take the next logical steps, which would be to act on them. This is a form of sanity, perhaps, which the world could use more of. Other peoples tend to be more hypocritical. They talk brotherhood, then act out their secret frustrations, which all people and races have, in other much less pleasant ways."
The Swiss Banks
"The French historian Halevy wrote before World War I that all Europe would eventually have to choose between something like the federal Swiss model or a bellicose Caesarian empire ruled by force. Events since 1914 have given Halevy a horrifying prophecy. The founders of the Common Market are working against time, and they know it. "
"The only political Force strong enough to abolish nuclear weapons is the military establishment itself."
Freeman J, Dyson
Omni July 1984
"Perhaps my dynamite plants will put an end to war sooner than your congresses. On the day two army corps can annihilate each other in one second all Civilized nations will recoil from war in horror."
(To Bertha Von Suttner, at a
Pacifist Congress in Switzerland,
(Then Alfred Nobel had as a second thought another idea which he
didn't have much hope for)
"I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results. The Savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue ,just the same until the force of circumstances renders them impossible."
"Gurdjieff, when once asked if wars could be stopped, said: Yes. But man must change himself so that certain vibrations do not make him violent. Wars are not caused by Man. The sources are extra-terrestrial-such as two planets crossing each other and causing a tension, a certain vibration. Mechanical mankind translates this Vibration into violent emotions and so war results. If man became more conscious, he might, instead, receive energy in the form of increased consciousness from these vibrations."
vol four p-1238
Stuart & Watkins London
"Art or War: it is the only choice humanity ever had or will have. "
"I would have lots of fights if I had another feller to fight 'em
for me. But since I got to do my own fightin' , I try not to make
trouble. Same with everybody. Make 'em do their own fightin'--
and you do away with fightin' .
"In the event of war I would unconditionally refuse all war service, direct or indirect, and I would seek to persuade all my friends to adopt the same position, regardless of how I might feel about the causes of any particular war."
(He later changed his mind about this with the rise of the Nazis)
"All these considerations, you see lead to the conclusion that there is no solution of the problem of war, no possibility of a world recovery, no possibility of arresting the rapid disintegration of our civilization, except a PaxMundi, a federated world control, sufficiently authoritative to keep any single nation in order and sufficiently coherent to express a world idea. We need an effective world 'Association of Nations, ! to use president Harding's phrase , or we shall perish. And even in this fantastic dream of Mere Disarmament , of a world of little independent states, all sovereign, all competing against each other and all carrying on a mean financial and commercial warfare against each other to the common impoverishment , all standing in the way of any large modern-spirited handling of modern needs, yet all remaining magically disarmed and never making actual war on each other-even if this dream were possible, it is still utterly detestable more detestable even than our present dangers and miseries. For if there are any things in life worse than pain, fear, and destruction, they are boredom, pettiness, and inanity, and such as would be the qualities of such a world.
H.G. Wells 1918
"Unhappily, war is not a game but the grimmest of realities, and no power on earth exists to prevent a nation which is fighting for existence against another nation from resorting to any expedient, however unfair, cruel, and barbarous to enforce victory or avert disaster. Success justifies every expedient in warfare, and you cannot prevent that being so. A nation hoping to win and afterward to make friends with its enemy or solicitous for the approval of some powerful neutral, may conceivably refrain from effective but objectionable expedients, but that is a voluntary and strategic restraint. The fact remains that war is an ultimate and illimitable thing; a war that can be controlled is a war that could have been stopped or prevented. If our race can really bar the use of poison gas it can bar the use of any kind of Weapon. It is indeed easier to en-force peace altogether than any lesser limitation of war.
H.G. Wells ---
"Suppose you go to war, you cannot fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides, and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions as to terms of intercourse are again upon you."
"The people who call themselves realists, the people who say that more armaments will prevent war, are prophets of illusion. arms races have always ended in war. Friends of mine who made the first atomic bombs and have been perfecting atomic weapons ever since, almost all believe that unless we have total disarmament, we shall have nuclear war. "
"Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man should have a right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have none with
"I am a one hundred percent disbeliever in war.'
"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified,
is not a crime."
"The elimination of war is now as before our noblest goal. .. That life is worth living is the ultimate meaning and consolation of every art. . ..That love is better than hate, sympathy better than anger, peace nobler than war."
"No one desires war but a fool or a madman, and there IS no longer room for madmen or fools."
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