Let's wrap up my series of articles about war with some noteworthy quotes on the subject.
All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous. In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. Ben Franklin
War does not determine who is right--only who is left. Bertram Russell
War is a game which, were their subjects wise, kings would not play at it. William Cowper
Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong? Holly Near
A great war leaves the country with three armies-an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves. An old German proverb
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. Jeanette Rankin
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified is not a crime. Earnest Hemingway
Only the dead see the end of war. Plato
In war, truth is the first casualty. Aeschylus
Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country. Bertram Russell
Everyone is a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals. Colman McCarthy
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
It is forbidden to kill, therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire
Join the army, see the world, meet interesting people - and kill them. Pacifist Badge 1978
Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. Gandhi
Sometimes I think it should be a rule of war that you had to see somebody up close and get to know him before you can shoot him. M* A *S *H Col. Potter
The problem with defense is how far you can go without destroying within what you are trying to defend from without. Dwight Eisenhower
The aim of military training is not to prepare men for battle, but to make them long for it. Louis Simpson.
The pioneers of a war-less world are the (youth) who refuse military service. Albert Einstein
We kind of thought Christ went against war an' pillage. James Russell Lowell
I saw that the Sermon on the Mount was the whole of Christianity. It is that sermon that has endeared Jesus to me. Gandhi
In the cartoon For Better or for Worse, a little boy tells his mother that another boy is ruining his life. He has told him he is tired of fighting with him, but he still picks on him. His mother says this calls for a new line of defense. "Confuse the enemy! Be nice to him!" Yea! Do you think that might work?
Oklahoma's renowned philosopher Will Rogers on American wars of his time that have relevance today: We will stop those Chinese from fighting among themselves if we have to kill them to do it. Headline says, "British kill 14 Chinamen in Shanghai." If our missionaries had already saved these 14, why that ought to make it all right, but it certainly will be terrible if they died heathen. If a man's neighbors all hate him, and he is continually in trouble, and all his fights and troubles are always over in the other fellows' yard, he must be wrong. What he needs is a good lickin' or a muzzle. I see where our bombing planes down in Nicaragua bagged 50 natives yesterday. The natives put up a pretty good fight. They threw rocks and knives at the planes, but our forces were too cunning for them. They wouldn't fly low enough to be hit. I have a scheme for stopping war. It's this--no nation is allowed to enter a war 'til they have paid for the last one. AMEN to that Will!
I'm an old transplanted Texan, but I'm sure glad to be here in Oklahoma today