A Quote by Parker Thomas Moon on politics, war, violence, government, and abstraction

When one uses the simple monosyllabic 'France' one thinks of France as a unit, an entity. When. . . we say 'France sent her troops to conquer Tunis'—we impute not only unity but personality to the country. The very words conceal the facts and make international relations a glamorous drama in which personalized nations are the actors, and all too easily we forget the flesh-and- blood men and women who are the true actors.. . if we had no such word as 'France' . . . then we should more accurately describe the Tunis expedition in some such way as this: 'A few of...thirty-eight million persons sent thirty thousand others to conquer Tunis.' This way of putting the fact immediately suggests a question, or rather a series of questions. Who are the 'few'? Why did they send the thirty thousand to Tunis? And why did these obey? Empire-building is done not by 'nations,' but by men. The problem before us is to discover the men, the active, interested minorities in each nation, who are directly interested in imperialism and then to analyze the reasons why the majorities pay the expenses and fight the wars.

Parker Moon

Source: Imperialism and World Politics (New York: Macmillan, 1930), p. 58.

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A Quote by Moshe Dayan on peace, activism, life, war, and hate

if you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.

Moshe Dayan

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A Quote by E. C. Riegel on money, politics, government, control, war, and peace

If the government were obliged to come to the people for money instead of vice-versa, the people would keep government under control and operate their economy satisfactorily with prosperity and peace resulting. The peoples of the nations do not make war. For them peace is the natural and permanent order. Wars are planned and perpetrated by politicians and their diplomats; and the money power of government is the means by which the people are maneuvered into wars.

E. C. Riegel

Source: http://www.mind-trek.com/treatise/ecr-pem/ch2.htm

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A Quote by Derek Webb on life, war, killing, value, and murder

Are we defending life
when we just pick and choose
lives acceptable to lose
and which ones to defend?

Derek Webb

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A Quote by dani on be, love, peace, reflection, children, collective, create, compassion, fear, war, and hate

BE what you wish to see reflected in the world. 
Love is made by being love. Peace is found only in being peace. 
See others as children. See how our collective being impacts them. 
What do you create? Love, Compassion, and Peace? Or Fear, War, and Hate?

Danielle Marie Crume

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A Quote by Tim O'Brien on war, living, and the human heart

Now, what I have told you is, is a war story. War stories aren't always about war, per se. They aren't about bombs and bullets and military maneuvers. They aren't about tactics, they aren't about foxholes and canteens. War stories, like any good story, is finally about the human heart. About the choices we make, or fail to make. The forfeitures in our lives. Stories are to console and to inspire and to help us heal. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. And a good war story, in my opinion, is a story that strikes you as important, not for war content, but for its heart content. The second reason I told you this story is that none of it's true. Or very little of it. It's - invented. No Ellroy, no Tip-Top Lodge, no pig factory, I'm trying to think of what else. I've never been to the Rainy River in my life. Uh, not even close to it. I haven't been within two hundred miles of the place. No boats. But, although the story I invented, it's still true, which is what fiction is all about. Uh, if I were to tell you the literal truth of what happened to me in the summer of nineteen sixty-eight, all I could tell you was that I played golf, and I worried about getting drafted. But that's a crappy story. Isn't it? It doesn't - it doesn't open any door to what I was feeling in the summer of nineteen sixty-eight. That's what fiction is for. It's for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the truth. The pig factory is there for those dreams of slaughter - they were quite real inside of me. And in my own heart, I was certainly on that rainy river, trying to decide what to do, whether to go to the war or not go to it, say no or say yes. The story is still true, even though on one level it's not; it's made up.

The point was not to pull a fast one, any more than, you know, Mark Twain is trying to pull a fast one in Huckleberry Finn. Stories make you believe, that's what dialogue is for, that's what plot is for, and character. It's there to make you believe it as you're reading it. You don't read Huckleberry Finn saying "This never happened, this never happened, this never happened, this never happened-" I mean, you don't do that, or go to The Godfather and say, you know, no horse head. I mean, you don't think that way; you believe. A verisimilitude and truth in that literal sense, to me, is ultimately irrelevant. What is relevant is the human heart.

Tim O'Brien

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A Quote by General Omar Nelson Bradley on war, peace, wisdom, and sermon on the mount

We live in a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants, in a world that has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience.  We have solved the mystery of the atom and forgotten the lessons of the Sermon on the Mount.  We know more about war than we know about peace, more about dying than we know about living.

Omar Nelson Bradley (1893 - 1981)

Source: http://www.faithfulsecurity.org/pdf/tool_kit.pdf

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A Quote by Conor Oberst on war, rising above, life, and guns

Men with purple hearts carry silver guns and they will kill a man for what his father has done.  But what my father did, I don't live it: no, I am not him.

Conor Oberst

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A Quote by John V. Denson on revision, war, peace, politics, and cause and effect

We must learn to avoid war and develop a general will to peace. I believe the key to this development is to learn the truth about the real causes and effects of wars so that we can see through the false propaganda which is used by political leaders to convince us to go to war.

John Denson

Source: A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson and Roosevelt, Pages: 10

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A Quote by John V. Denson on pearl harbor, president, roosevelt, and war

By the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, public opinion polls showed that over 80 percent of the American public was opposed to entering another European war. It took the dramatic event of the attack on Pearl Harbor to shift public opinion overwhelmingly to suppor our entry into the war. The public was unaware of the evidence that we now have that Roosevelt provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor and actually withheld information from the military commanders stationed there, which if furnished to them, would have probably prevented the attack.

John Denson

Source: A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson and Roosevelt, Pages: 14

Contributed by: peter

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