War Quotes (25)
"The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another's throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose-especially their lives." - Eugene Debs
"The trouble is that when American dollars earn only six percent over here, they get restless and go overseas to get 100 percent. The flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to defend some lousy investment of the bankers. We should fight only for the defense of our home and the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
"There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It had its 'finger men' to point out enemies, its 'muscle men' to destroy enemies, its 'brain men' to plan war preparations and a 'Big
Boss' - supernationalistic capitalism.
"I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.
"I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I brought light to the
Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central
American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.
"War is a racket."
- General Smedley D. Butler, Marines
(This was the state of military use in the early twentieth century. Imagine how much it has been used in the last 100 years to serve the interested of the American military-industrial complex.)
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear -- kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor -- with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant fundsdemanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real." - General Douglas MacArthur
"Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty." - George Washington
"The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force." - Thomas Jefferson
"The military caste did not originate as a party of patriots, but as a party of bandits" - Henry Louis Mencken
"They sell us the president the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars"
Jackson Browne - Lives In The Balance -
"There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons." - Tony Benn
"The role of the U.S. in the new world corporate order is going to be to export security. That means endless wars and weapons in space. The Pentagon will send our kids off to foreign lands to suppress opposition to corporate globalization. How will we ever end America's addiction to war and violence as long as our communities are dependent on military spending for jobs?" - Bruce Gagnon
World of Wars
A War Prayer by Mark Twain. Preachers, profiteers and politicians make war appear to be glorious. It is not (Gary Amirault) This is the text of Mark Twain's powerful illustration and a link to a youtube video version.
War: Who is responsible? by Lawrence M. Vance. Points out that the American government has created a mindset that when a person puts on a military uniform, they are no longer responsible for their actions on the killing fields. This is wrong.
War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Darlington Butler
The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service. - Albert Einstein.
The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. David Friedman
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." -MATTHEW 5:9
"Neither shall they learn war any more." Jewish and Christian Bibles. Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3
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