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Why is War Stupid?

War is stupid
War is stupid

“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it compromises and develops the germ of every other. As the parent of armies, war encourages debts and taxes, the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the executive is extended … and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people.” – James Madison

“I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war and no one will win the next.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“General fear and anxiety create hatred and aggressiveness. The adaptation to warlike aims and activities has corrupted the mentality of man; as a result, intelligent, objective and humane thinking has hardly any effect and is even suspected and persecuted as unpatriotic.” – Albert Einstein

“… [W]ar is utter damn nonsense, a vast cancer fed by lies and self seeking malignity on the part of those who don’t do the fighting.” – John Dos Passos

“Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” – Mark Twain

“As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar it will cease to be popular.” – Oscar Wilde

“I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded… I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed…. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…. The chain reaction of evil is hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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