“I love war.”


One of these things is not like the others.

  • “War is organised murder, and nothing else.” (Harry Patch, WW1 veteran)
  • “I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen two hundred limping, exhausted men come out of line—the survivors of a regiment of one thousand that went forward forty-eight hours before. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Aug 1936)

  • “Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that any one who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The Statesman who yields to war fever must realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.” (Winston Churchill, 1930)

  • “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” (Dwight Eisenhower, Jan 1946)
  • “We must not succumb to intoxication and petty passions, regardless of whether elections are impending in this or that country, or not impending. These are all transient things, but if indeed war should break out, then it would not be in our power to stop it, for such is the logic of war. I have participated in two wars and know that war ends when it has rolled through cities and villages, everywhere sowing death and destruction.” (Nikita Khruschev to JFK, Oct1962)
  • “Nothing is more useless in developing a nation’s economy than a gun, and nothing blocks the road to social development than the financial burden of war. War is the arch enemy of national progress and the modern scourge of civilized men.” (King Hussein of Jordan, Apr 1976)
  • “A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war… Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.” (Norman Schwarzkopf, Feb 1991)
  • “I think every sane person, to include warriors, and especially warriors, hate war, because we see the consequences of war. But when it is necessary to go to war, then you do it, and you do it to the best of your ability.” (Colin Powell, Nov 2001)
  • “But I’m good at war. I’ve had a lot of wars of my own. I’m really good at war. I love war.” (Donald J. Trump Nov 2015)

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