This Week… War, War & More War


"At last! Barack Obama says he has authorised air strikes to prevent the slaughter of religious minorities and that the US cannot turn a blind eye to the prospect of violence "on a horrific scale" any longer. Fair play too… Oh hold on, he's talking about IRAQ?!!" M. Simpson

“Listen up – there's no war that will end all wars. Haruki Murakami

"War does not determine who is right – only who is left." Bertrand Russell

"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." Voltaire

"I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace is an interlude during war." Georges Clemenceau

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." Albert Einstein

"The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own." Aldous Huxley

"Laws are inoperative in war" Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.): Pro Milone.

"It is clear that war is not a mere act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political activity by other means"  "On War" 1976

"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." General Dwight D. Eisenhower

"War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. " Desiderius Erasmus,  Dutch humanist, ca. 1466–1536

"The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war" Desiderius Erasmus

War is cruelty. There's no use trying to reform it, the crueler it is the sooner it will be over.

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
George S. Patton

"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." Ernest Hemingway

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." Leo Tolstoy