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A Quote by John V. Denson on war, state, liberty, freedom, economy, and society

We should learn from the war and welfare century that the greatest discovery in Western civilization was that liberty could be achieved only through the proper and effective limitation on the power of the state. It is this limitation on the power of the state which protects private property, a free-market economy, personal liberties and promotes a noninterventionist foreing policy, which, if coupled with a strong national defense, will bring peace and prosperity instead of war and welfare. It is not democracy per se which protects freedom.

John Denson

Source: A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson and Roosevelt, Pages: 31

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A Quote by John V. Denson on war, peace, speacial interest, economy, and politics

The highest risk for war is where various economic interests are able to control foreign policy to promote their particular interests rather than the well-being and liberty of the individuals within a society.

John Denson

Source: A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson and Roosevelt, Pages: 32

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by John V. Denson on war, reason, and motive

The study of the history of wars indicates that economic factors have always played a major role in starting wars, but rarely are these economic factors disclosed to the public as the reasons.

John Denson

Source: A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson and Roosevelt, Pages: 177

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Henry Alfred Kissinger on operation desert fox, clinton, iraq, war, henry kissinger, middle east, war in iraq, and bill clinton

I would be amazed if a three-day campaign made a decisive difference," "[W]e did not do, in my view, enough damage to degrade it [Iraq's programs for weapons of mass destruction] for six months. It doesn't make any significant difference because in six months to a year they will be back to where they are and we cannot keep repeating these attacks. [. . .] At the end of the day what will be decisive is what the situation in the Middle East will be two to three years from now. If Saddam is still there, if he's rearming, if the sanctions are lifted, we will have lost, no matter what spin we put on it

(in response to the Clinton Administrations missle attacks on Iraq in 1998)

Henry Kissinger (1923 -)

Contributed by: Lion

A Quote by sam harris on war, scruples, faith, and belief

Here we come upon a terrible facet of ethically asymmetric warfare:  when your enemy has no scruples, your own scruples become another weapon in his hand.

sam harris

Source: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Pages: 202

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by sam harris on vietnam, my lai, killing, war, terror, and soldiers

[footnote read J. Glover, Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1999, 58.]

Consider the horrors that Americans perpetrated as recently as 1968, in My Lai:

Early in the morning the soldiers were landed in the village by helicopter.  Many were firing as they spread out, killing both people and animals.  There was no sign of the Vietcong battalion and no shot was fired on Charlie Company all day, but they carried on.  They burnt down every house.  They raped woman and girls and then killed them.  They stabbed some women in the vagina and disemboweled others, or cut off their hands or scalps.  Pregnant woman had there stomachs slashed open and were left to die.  There were gang rapes and killings by shooting or with bayonets.  There were mass executions.  Dozens of people at a time, including old men, women and children, were machined-gunned in a ditch.  In four hours nearly 500 villagers were killed.

sam harris

Source: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Pages: 144

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by emc2 on true love, war, and peace

There is no true love between neighbors, until war becomes peace.

David Kam

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A Quote by Riverbend of Iraqi Girl Blog on iraq, war, and peace

"Don't rape, don't torture, don't kill and get out while you can, while it still looks like you have a chance.  Chaos, civil war, we'll take our chances, Just take your puppets, your tanks, your smart weapons, your stupid politicians, your lies, your empty promises, your rapists, your sadistic torturers and go."

Riverbend of Iraqi Girl Blog

Source: Baghdad Burning

Contributed by: Kimberly

A Quote by Laurence Overmire on war, iran, hatred, intolerance, militarism, violence, poet, poetry, art, god, and glory

The Iranian Girl

There's a hole in the ground
A moving of earth, now made
A sad depression
Where once she played in
Puddle-rain
Splashing with the joy that comes
From child-like feet

The sound is still here
In the air, the breeze yet carrying
The secret laughter
That haunts the waking hours of those
Who've lost the way

How vain to think that
Memory can be erased

All will remember
No one escapes

I wonder if she saw it
The moment before
Her hair still flying free
The metal catching that last
Pure glint of sun

Did she hear the explosion
That made no sense
Did she feel
Her body come apart
And fall like dust, too soon

Does anyone ask
Whatever she felt, whatever she dreamed
Her dreaming time is gone
And no lofty word of God or
Glory will ever make it right

Dare to listen and you will
Hear her
Dare to open your eyes and see

The Iranian girl
No different
Like you, like me.

Laurence Overmire

Source: Poet, Playwright, Actor, Educator, Genealogist

Contributed by: WideAwake

A Quote by Laurence Overmire on war, hatred, violence, race, creed, culture, and idea

War, hatred, and violence all spring from one infernal idea: that one person, race, creed, or culture is better than another.

Laurence Overmire

Source: Poet, Playwright, Actor, Educator, Genealogist

Contributed by: WideAwake

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