Wednesday, July 19, 2006

What is War?

Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace. They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. All the arms we need are for hugging.

A great war leaves the country with three armies - an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves. Only the dead have seen the end of the war. Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.

The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living. There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it. All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers. Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace. The first casualty when war comes is truth.

Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong? Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

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(All of the above were quotes by different people)

6 comments:

ساري said...

Nicely chosen.

Specially:
"Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die."

&

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind."


I found those 2 nice quotes on the web as well:

"All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?"
--Emperor Hirohito

"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 and democracy?
--Gandhi

Pray for Lebanon-Palestine-Iraq

Sary

ساري said...
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Linda said...

Fares,

You brought tears to my eyes.

Hareega said...

sary thanx for the contribution

linda thanx for reading

bassel said...

who likes war????crazy...psychotic
...ill....people

war is Not decided..we have it on our blood, but our hearts try to push the blood away each time it gets back...but it always get back..and again it always gets pumped away...

tell me about two brothers that didn't hit each other and then felt sad?

i'm afraid my friend, that i lost the well to enjoy my life, to see love from a perspective that would let me think of nothing but void with the one i love. but i love people...when i see an 8-month baby crawling my heart jumps out of my chest...when i see a dad waling his son, two brothers playing....

why do we kill...i would like an answer

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