WAR QUOTES XV

quotations about war

I believe that, tragically, war is inescapable. I know that's not a very politically correct thing to say. But when you read the scenes of rampage and battle in The Iliad, which Achilles casually evokes when he says, "I've stormed these cities from my ship," and then look at what is happening with, say, ISIS, and the carnage and brutality there, you can see a lot of similarities. But the fact The Iliad still speaks true doesn't just mean that it has prophetic powers. It means that those truths have always been there. They are enduring truths.

CAROLINE ALEXANDER, "War is Unavoidable--and Other Hard Lessons from Homer's Iliad", National Geographic, January 10, 2016

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Using hunger and thirst as a weapon of war is a crime, a shameful thing.

MARIO ZENARI, "Pope Francis Confronts 'Piecemeal' World War III in the Middle East", National Catholic Register, February 2, 2016

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The number of conflict photographers covering wars has dwindled 40% over the past 15 years ... but without them, we would never know the realities of war. Governments paint a heroic and rosy picture of war through their official photos and videos, but it's the front-line photographers that show us the realities of violence, injustice, and suffering.

MICHAEL ZHANG, "This is Why the World Needs War Photographers", Peta Pixel, January 15, 2016

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Let me be clear: the use of starvation as a weapon of war is a war crime.

BAN KI-MOON, "Starvation 'as a weapon' is a war crime, UN chief warns parties to conflict in Syria", UN News Centre, January 14, 2016

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Wars start like this. Cultures gamble decadence and death will win them rebirth, watch themselves sliding into it, knowing it's an all-or-nothing bet.

GLEN DUNCAN, By Blood We Live

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Superiority in war ... cannot surely be a proof of justice, since wars are often unjustly undertaken, and successfully, though wickedly, carried on and concluded.

ARISTOTLE, Politics

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There is an even darker scenario, one that makes questions about medical care superfluous. If as few as 100 bombs were to explode over densely-populated cities, soot from the resulting fires would enter the upper atmosphere and lead to global cooling for a decade or more--resulting in a nuclear winter. If the United States and Russia use their several thousand weapons, the planet will cool dramatically, likely leading to a mass extinction and the end of civilization and life as we know it.

PETER GORMAN, "Nuclear War Is Not Good For Your Health", Huffington Post, April 20, 2017

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The stock market tends to rally whenever the U.S. begins military operations overseas. Does that mean that investors prefer war? Not exactly. But they positively abhor uncertainty, and that's what typically characterizes the market environment in the weeks prior to the U.S. military becoming involved in a foreign military operation. Much of that uncertainty gets resolved soon after U.S.-led hostilities begin, and that's why the stock market typically soars in response.

MARK HULBERT, "War Is Hell--but Not for The Stock Market", Barron's, April 20, 2017

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In this day and age, our world cannot endure the effects of a global war. We are at the point where single governments can decimate entire populations at the push of a button. We have developed the capacity to destroy ourselves, our entire human race. We continuously live balancing on the edge of a knife's blade.

JAY FALLIS, "War is the true enemy", Orillia Packet & Times, April 19, 2017

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In war any lessons learnt must often be paid for with blood.

MARTIN VAN CREVELD, "Why the best teacher of war is war", OUP blog, April 9, 2017

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The risk of a nuclear war breaking out because of a 'catastrophic error' is at its highest ever point, the UN has warned in an ominous report. Complex automated systems could malfunction and start a chain of events which could claim millions of lives, according to a report by the UN's Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDR). The document concludes: 'Nuclear deterrence works--up until the time it will prove not to work. The risk is inherent and, when luck runs out, the results will be catastrophic.'

DAVE BURKE, "The risk of an 'accidental' nuclear war is higher than ever", Daily Mail, April 20, 2017

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Waging endless wars abroad (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Syria) isn't making America--or the rest of the world--any safer, it's certainly not making America great again, and it's undeniably digging the U.S. deeper into debt. In fact, it's a wonder the economy hasn't collapsed yet. Indeed, even if we were to put an end to all of the government's military meddling and bring all of the troops home today, it would take decades to pay down the price of these wars and get the government's creditors off our backs. Even then, government spending would have to be slashed dramatically and taxes raised. You do the math.

JOHN W. WHITEHEAD, "Beware the Dogs of War: Is the American Empire on the Verge of Collapse?", Global Research, April 12, 2017

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This is also a war followed in real time by anyone with a smart device, a technology that delivers instant updates, and oftentimes partial truths, to smart screens across the globe.

ROBERT MAKROS, "'Clean war' is the unicorn of armed conflict", The Hill, March 31, 2017

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All these things have a cost. There's genocide for every generation, there's conflict for every generation. You have to keep it contained.

WILLIAM SKUBY, "Can we handle another war? Vets weigh in", Asbury Park Press, April 17, 2017

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Waging war and fighting it are practical activities much like playing an instrument or, at the higher levels, conducting an orchestra. Hence one of the best, perhaps the best if not the only, ways to familiarize oneself with it is to practice it. As the saying goes, the best teacher of war is war. Other things being equal, the larger and more complex the "orchestra," the greater the role of the conductor, i.e. the commander. It is he who is ultimately responsible for coordinating the efforts of everybody else and directing them towards the objective. All the while taking care that the enemy will not interfere with his plans and demolish them.

MARTIN VAN CREVELD, "Why the best teacher of war is war", OUP blog, April 9, 2017

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Organizations like the UN, IMF, NATO and others, were designed to raise the cost of waging war, thereby reducing the economic benefits of doing so and encouraging other means of resolving disputes and seeking economic growth. The result has not been that warring is no longer done, obviously. It has, however, profoundly changed the decision-making process in two ways. First, wars are now not just economic in nature, but essentially exclusively about economics. Second, warring is now not the result of the failure of other diplomatic means, but the extension of them. The waging of war now requires, at least, two parties to agree to do so, with both expecting an economic benefit in doing so. Wars are negotiated, pragmatic economic events. They are not aggressor and defender.

ROGER ARNOLD, "When War Is a Win-Win Scenario", The Street, April 12, 2017

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Our founders were both realists and idealists. They knew the terrors of war and prepared for its eventuality. They also believed the decision to commence war, or even engage in potentially provocative and aggressive offensive military action, was too terrible and momentous to entrust to one or even a select group of elected officials. They believed those representatives closest to the people should deliberate and make the awful decision to spill their constituents' blood and spend their treasure.

DAVID SIMPSON, "Acts of war and the limits on presidential power", TribTalk, April 21, 2017

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To me, the feeling of war is falling in love with something and having it killed in front of you, over and over again.

CHRIS ROESSNER, "Iraq vet talks about his Netflix movie, pulling CQ in Saddam's palace, debunking 'dysfunctional veteran' stereotype", Army Times, April 21, 2017

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War is an environmental issue and a health issue that affects us all. Our entire planet is saturated by toxins due to these bombings in the long term because we share the same atmosphere.

SEELAI POPAL, "After MOAB, More Afghans Unite to Resist US War and Occupation", Truth-Out, April 20, 2017

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It's hard to recapture the horror that earlier generations of Americans felt about preventive war when it was still something that other countries did to the United States and not merely something Americans contemplate doing to others. They viewed it the way some Americans still view torture: as liberation from the moral restraints that human beings require.

PETER BEINART, "How America Shed the Taboo Against Preventive War", The Atlantic, April 21, 2017

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