Tuesday, 3 September 2013


PEACE:     “Everybody wants peace.  But we also want what we cannot have without war.”  Anon

Not Wanted  A rise of 1 percent in joblessness in the United States is accompanied by an increase of roughly 1 percent in the suicide rate.  In our world of increasing inequalities, suicide now claims more US lives than homicide and war combined.   Frances Moore Lappe           
Winston  Churchill:   “I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas …  I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes …  The moral effect should be so good … and would spread a lively terror.”
              In 1919, when presiding over the British Air Council.
And in 1937, speaking before the Palestine Royal Commission:  “I do not admit that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia … by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race … has come in and taken their place.”    Quoted in  ‘Children of the Days’  by Eduardo  Galeano  P. 27

History     . “History can prove anything, provided that it is cut into the right lengths.”
                        Archibald  Robinson     New  Statesman  10/4/48

Ends and Means     “As soon as means which would assure an end are shown to be evil, the end will show itself as unrealizable.”     Milovan  Djikas

God          “God sits in the man opposite me… therefore to injure him is to injure God Himself.”

Ignoble  pacifism        “A pacifism which sprang from indolence, indifference, world-weariness, a sense merely of the futility of violence, were a mean and ignoble thing compared with the chivalries of war or the anger of a communist.”   Alan  Balding   in ‘No Other Foundation’   P.16

Paul  Oestriecher on War     “The demonisation of ‘the other’… is both the cause and the motor of war: In turn, war legitimises barbarity on a grand scale… Now in the global war on terror, no holds are barred.  The murderer and the torturer are back on the official payroll – both theirs and ours.”  From a speech on 28/1/2006

Colin Powell on Iraq War    By the Pentagon’s estimate, the six weeks of the Gulf War took the lives of 100,000 Iraqi people. “It’s really not a number I’m terribly interested in,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Colin Powell, said at the time.

Peter Ustinov on War   
“Terrorism is the war of the poor. War is the terrorism of the rich.”

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