Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day 2009--Where do we go from here?

As I ponder the state of the world on this day that the United States has declared Veterans Day, I am appalled by the ads that came in the newspapers this week hailing all sorts of Veterans Day Sales.  Have we no heart?  What is it that makes an excuse for buying and selling at someone's expense?

Below are some quotes that have caused me to think about the true cost of war:

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.  ~Jeanette Rankin

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.  ~Carl Sandburg

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

All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.  In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace.  When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?  ~Benjamin Franklin

In war, truth is the first casualty.  ~Aeschylus

Man, in his sensitivity, does not give names to animals he intends to eat but goes on giving names to children he intends to send to war.  ~Robert Brault

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.  ~Jeane J. Kirkpatrick

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.  ~Jean-Paul Sartre

You cannot prevent and prepare for war at the same time.  ~Albert Einstein

The era of true peace on earth will not come as long as a tremendous percentage of your taxes goes to educate men in the trades of slaughter.  ~Reginald Wright Kauffman


LindaSue said...

Thank you Pat for all that research and time to put all those quote's out there.

Stay warm. Later

Going over to help a friend make some bags she has already sold.

Pat said...

Thanks for the visit. Hope you have fun today making those bags.