July 31, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

It has been said that nothing is certain but death and taxes. To that, I would also add: WAR. Trapped in this paranoid neocon and military / industrial complex-dominated time as we are today, and in observance of World War I starting exactly 100 years ago this week, I thought I would present some glimpses of war gathered from a wide variety of sources. Below are some meaningful quotes by notable people concerning many of the wars we have been involved in over the centuries.

“I have always disliked Kamikazes, that is, people who commit suicide in order to kill others. ..I never considered them soldiers.”
– Oriana Fallaci –

“No country in history ever sent mothers of toddlers off to fight enemy soldiers until the United States did this in the Iraq War.”
– Phyllis Schlafley  –

“Circumstances cause us to act the way we do. We should always bear this in mind before judging the actions of others. I realized this from the start during World War II.”
–  Thor Heyerdahl  – 

“If you look at the history of technology over a couple hundred years, it’s all about time compression and making the globe smaller. It’s had positive effects, all the ones that we know. So we’re much less likely to have the kind of yrttible misunderstandings that led to World War I for example.”
–  Eric Schmidt – (MAN! One can sure tell what era THIS guy was writing from!)

“War means fighting, and fighting means killing.”
–  Nathan Bedford Forrest (Civil War) –

“In the lead up to the Iraq War and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence, irresponsibility, at worst, lying, incompetence, and corruption.”
–  Anthony Zinni  –

“We can no longer afford to disregard international rivalries now that we ourselves have become a competitor in the world-wide struggle for trade.”
–  An 1898 U.S. State Department memorandum during the Spanish-American War  –

“One day the Great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans,”
–  Otto von Bismarck  – (an INCREDIBLY prophetic statement coming from this man in 1888, a full 16 years before the start of World War I!)

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”
–   Samuel Adams  –

“Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory and has shed American blood upon American soil.”
–  James K. Polk  –

“As a Korean War veteran, I know firsthand and understand the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.”
–  Charles B. Rangel  –              

“Anyone who experienced World War I close-hand was grossed out by it forever. It was just so awful.”
– Amity Shlaes –

“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.”
–  Japanese General Isoroku Yamamotu   – 

” The Gulf War is responsible for the huge and horrifying rise in Islamic terrorism.”
–  Pierre Salinger  –

“I got my head bashed in ay a demonstration against the Vietnam War. Police were losing control because they were up against a world they didn’t really understand.”
–  Terry Gilliam  –  

“The modern Middle East was largely created by the British. It was they who carried the war effort in the region during World War I and who, at its close, principally fashioned its peace. It was a peace presaged by a nickname given the region by covetous British leaders in wartime: ‘The Great Loot.”
– Scott Anderson –  

“We began a conquest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our own patriotism to supply the deficiency. We expected to encounter many evils and distressed…we must bear the present evils and fortitude,”
–  George Washington  – 

“I am a child of World War I. And I really know about the children of war. Because both my parents were badly damaged by the war.  My father – physically, and both – mentally and emotionally. So I know exactly what it’s like to be brought up in an atmosphere of continual harping on the war.” –    Doris Lessing –

“You will kill ten of us, we will kill one of you. But in the end, you will tire of it first.”
–  Ho Chi Minh  –

“The greatest crime since World War II has been American foreign policy.” –  Ramsey Clark  –

“I believe that in four weeks from the time a declaration of war is heard on our frontier, the whole of upper Canada and part of Lower Canada will be in our power.” –  Rep. John C. Calhoun (a very boastful and incorrect prophecy he made at the start of thr War of 1812)  –

“A Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me.”
–  Robert E. Lee  – (I wonder what his opinion of today’s corporate/anti-worker/pro-military state would be?)

“The only reason I told the President to fight in Korea was to validate   NATO.” –  Dean Acheson  – 

“We learned the value of research in World War II.”
–  Amar Bose  –

“The Iraq War marked the beginning of the end of network news coverage. Viewers saw the juxtaposition of the embedded correspondents reporting the war as it was actually unfolding, and the jaundiced, biased, negative coverage of these same events in the network newsrooms.
–  Dick Morris  –


About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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