Militarism Quotes

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Abraham Lincoln
“Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived.”
Abraham Lincoln

W.E.B. Du Bois
“What do nations care about the cost of war, if by spending a few hundred millions in steel and gunpowder they can gain a thousand millions in diamonds and cocoa?”
W.E.B. Du Bois

Arundhati Roy
“Wars are never fought for altruistic reasons.”
Arundhati Roy

Barbara W. Tuchman
“Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August

“The greatest threat to peace is the barrage of rightist propaganda portraying war as decent, honorable, and patriotic.”
Jeannette Rankin

George Washington
“...overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.”
George Washington, George Washington's Farewell Address

Ursula K. Le Guin
“He explained to Atro that he now understood why the army was organized as it was. It was indeed quite necessary. No rational form of organization would serve the purpose. He simply had not understood that the purpose was to enable men with machine guns to kill unarmed men and women easily and in great quantities when told to do so. Only he still could not see where courage, or manliness, or fitness entered in.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

Arnold Joseph Toynbee
“Militarism has been by far the commonest cause of the breakdown of civilizations. The single art of war makes progress at the expense of all the arts of peace.”
Arnold Joseph Toynbee

“Afghanistan—where empires go to die. ”
Mike Malloy

Bertrand Russell
“War grows out of ordinary human nature.”
Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

“I spent 33 years and 4 months in active military service . . . And during that period I spent most of my time as a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

Thus, I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.

I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927, I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.

Our boys were sent off to die with beautiful ideals painted in front of them. No one told them that dollars and cents were the real reason they were marching off to kill and die.”
General Smedley Butler

Dave Eggers
“Maybe he hadn't thought the war through. It had seemed like simple fun when he had first pictured it, with a glorious beginning, a difficult but valor-filled middle, and a victorious end. He hadn't accounted for the fact that there might not be much of a resolution to the battle, and he hadn't imagined what it would feel like when the war just sort of ended, without anyone admitting defeat and congratulating him for his bravery.”
Dave Eggers, The Wild Things

Christopher Hitchens
“So, whenever the subject of Iraq came up, as it did keep on doing through the Clinton years, I had no excuse for not knowing the following things: I knew that its one-party, one-leader state machine was modeled on the precedents of both National Socialism and Stalinism, to say nothing of Al Capone. I knew that its police force was searching for psychopathic killers and sadistic serial murderers, not in order to arrest them but to employ them. I knew that its vast patrimony of oil wealth, far from being 'nationalized,' had been privatized for the use of one family, and was being squandered on hideous ostentation at home and militarism abroad. (Post-Kuwait inspections by the United Nations had uncovered a huge nuclear-reactor site that had not even been known about by the international community.) I had seen with my own eyes the evidence of a serious breach of the Genocide Convention on Iraqi soil, and I had also seen with my own eyes the evidence that it had been carried out in part with the use of weapons of mass destruction. I was, if you like, the prisoner of this knowledge. I certainly did not have the option of un-knowing it.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Men can, of course, be stirred into life by being dressed up in uniforms and made to blare out chants of war. It must be confessed that this is one way for men to break bread with comrades and to find what they are seeking, which is a sense of something universal, of self-fulfillment. But of this bread men die.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, A Sense Of Life

David T. Dellinger
“Arms control is by definition a rejection of disarmament.”
David T. Dellinger

“No man can be a Christian and a soldier at the same time, for the two ideas are wholly incompatible.”
W.E. Woodward

Dave Eggers
“Max had to think about these new developments. He hadn't liked getting hit by a rock--his stomach still ached from then rock Judith had thrown--but then again, when his team had used rocks on Alexander, it had caused him to surrender. Now the Bad Guys only had three soldiers left, which would make victory for Max's team more likely. So now it made perfect sense. He was wrong to ban rocks, or even animals. The key was to use all the weapons at one's disposal, but to just make sure you won when you used them.”
Dave Eggers, The Wild Things

Robert Jackson Bennett
“Yet I now ask of you—are you marauders or are you servants? Do you give power to others, or do you hoard it? Do you fight not to have something, but rather fight so that others might one day have something? Is your blade a part of your soul, or is it a burden, a tool, to be used with care? Are you soldiers, my children, or are you savages?”
Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Blades

Manuel Azaña
“What does the corpse care who was right and who was wrong?”
Manuel Azaña

Bertrand De Jouvenel
“The entire stock of relationships which suited in war—militiae—was regarded as inadmissible and improper in peace—domi. We have the measure of how right the Romans were in this respect in the experience of the intellectual and moral impoverishment brought about by total mobilisation.”
Bertrand De Jouvenel, Sovereignty: An Inquiry into the Political Good

Artur Fidler
“The release of the book just tomorrow. Get ready for a good dose of adrenaline ;-) Meanwhile, I have for you next article. Let’s talk about terroritstic activity in Afghanistan. The problem with which we are dealing today almost everywhere. And turning back to the Wild Heads of War, in the book you will find a lot of military action in Afghanistan, led by NATO soldiers. One of them was my friend, who in 2009 was killed by IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The book tells the stories based on fiction but for all fans of the genre it will be surely good story.
Article below made just to bring you closer to terroritstic activity in Afghanistan, that is, what is worth knowing by reading Wild Heads of War.
Stabilization mission in Afghanistan belongs to one of the most dangerous. The problem is in the unremitting terroristic activity. The basis is war, which started in 1979 after USSR invasion. Soviets wanted to take control of Afghanistan by fighting with Mujahideen powered by US forces. Conflict was bloody since the beginning and killed many people. Consequence of all these happenings was activation of Taliban under the Osama Bin Laden’s leadership.
The situation became exacerbated after the downfall of Hussein and USA/coalition forces intervention. NATO army quickly took control and started realizing stabilization mission. Afghans consider soldiers to be aggressors and occupants. Taliban, radical Muslims, treat battle ideologically. Due to inconsistent forces, the battle is defined to be irregular. Taliban’s answer to strong, well-equiped Coalition Army is partisan war and terroristic attacks. Taliban do not dispose specialistic military equipment. They are mostly equipped with AK-47. However, they specialized in creating mines and IED (Improvised Explosive Device). They also captured huge part of weapons delivered to Afghan government by USA. Terroristic activity is also supported by poppy and opium crops, smuggling drugs. Problem in fighting with Afghan terrorists is also caused by harsh terrain and support of local population, which confesses islam. After refuting the Taliban in 2001, part of al Qaeda combatants found shelter on the borderland of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghan terrorists are also trained there.”
Artur Fidler

“We could see in our own country as late as the 1960's and 1970's how good Christian and Jewish men, the pillars of our society, when they acceded to political and military power, could sit calmly and cooly in their air-conditioned offices in Washington and cold-bloodedly, without a qualm or a moral quiver, plan and order the massacre of hundred of thousands of men, women and children and the destruction of their homes, farms, churches, schools and hospitals in a faraway Asian land of poor peasants who had never threatened us in the slightest, who were incapable of it. Almost as savage was the acceptance by most of us citizens of such barbarism, until, toward the end, our slumbering - or should one say, cowardly? - consciences were aroused.”
William L. Shirer

“А я вважаю, що справжній чоловік народжується воїном.

— Дурня! — заперечив я. — Не воїном, а людиною. Істотою, що мислить і відчуває. Яка так, як і жінка, має право боятися смерті, болю і приниження. І навпаки: пора б уже виростити чоловіків, які бояться убивати, робити комусь боляче і принижувати когось. Чоловік має право бути пацифістом, ненавидіти війну, не хапатися за зброю, берегти себе і уникати вбивства інших людей в ім'я яких би там не було цілей, крім крайніх випадків, коли треба і доводиться навіть ціною свого життя захищати свою родину від бандитів, від зовнішніх ворогів і від своєї держави, яка буває гірша за зовнішніх ворогів. Але якийсь перший-ліпший авантюрист, кочівник по гарячих точках чи просто слухняний виконавець, готовий убивати чи хоч бути убитим за наказом, за шматок якоїсь території, за високу ідею, за те, щоб примусити когось жити по-нашому, за гроші, за ордени чи заради свого задоволення, якої б статі він не був, він для мене взагалі не зовсім людина [102].”
Володимир Войнович, Малиновый пеликан

“When we comprehend how few wars have ever been fought for the sake of justice or the people; how personal spite, the ambition of military professionals, and the protection of capitalistic ventures are the real moving powers...then the mythology of war will no longer bring us to our knees.”
Walter Rauschenbusch

“Перед каждым фильмом непрерывно шел киножурнал-боевик «Пребывание В. М. Молотова в Берлине». Я насмотрелся его так, что знал наизусть каждый кадр.

Из него явствовало, что у Советского Союза нет большего друга, чем Гитлер. У советского народа есть Сталин, а затем — Гитлер. И вот Молотов едет в Германию, у нас с ней пакт о дружбе и ненападении. Его встречают в Берлине оркестрами, цветами и овациями. Изумительно маршируют гитлеровские войска. Захватывающая военная музыка. Гитлер по-братски радушно встречает Молотова, долго-долго трясет ему руку, они о чем-то увлеченно говорят, а вокруг толпа фотографов, вспышки. И опять сногсшибательно маршируют немецкие войска с развернутыми знаменами, на которых — такая мужественная, дружественная нам свастика.

И я начинал захлебываться от восторга, глядя на экран: хотелось вот так же лихо маршировать. Вот бы наш пионерский отряд научился так ходить, а наши военные игры походили бы на немецкие операции в Европе!.. Ах, как они лихо действовали, эти немцы. Советский Союз едва поспевал им неумело подражать.

Состоялась расчудесная война с Польшей. Гитлер с запада, мы с востока — и Польши нет. Конечно, для отвода глаз мы назвали это «освобождением Западной Украины и Белоруссии» и развесили плакаты, где какой-то оборванный хлоп обнимает мужественного красноармейца-освободителя. Но так принято. Тот, кто нападает, всегда — освободитель от чего-нибудь.

Папа Жорика Гороховского был мобилизован, ходил на эту войну и однажды по пьянке рассказал, как их там в самом деле встречали. Прежде всего они там, от самого большого командира до последнего ездового, накинулись на магазины с тканями, обувью и стали набивать мешки и чемоданы. Господи, чего только не навезли наши бравые воины из Польши. Один политрук привез чемодан лакированных ботинок, но они вдруг стали расползаться после первых шагов. Оказалось, что он схватил декоративную обувь для покойников, сшитую на живую нитку. А Жоркин папа привез даже кучу велосипедных звонков. Мы носились с ними, звякали и веселились: — Польше каюк!

Буржуйским Литве, Латвии, Эстонии был каюк. У Румынии взяли и отобрали Бессарабию. Хорошо быть сильным. И все же это не шло ни в какое сравнение с подвигами Гитлера.

Дед каждый день требовал, чтобы я читал ему в газетах про Гитлера. Немцы всюду только побеждали. Они бомбили, топили суда водоизмещением в тысячи брутто-тонн, шутя занимали страны и столицы. Неповоротливые растяпы-англичане доживали последние дни, Бельгии каюк, Франции каюк.

Когда дед отдыхал, я пристраивался к нему, и у нас начиналась увлекательная игра. Дед поднимал ладонь, планировал ею в воздухе, жужжал и с криком «бомбовозы» пикировал на меня. Я хохотал [92—93].”
Анатолий Кузнецов, Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of a Novel

“The Pledge of Allegiance (1892) was the origin of the raised arm salute adopted later by the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazis). The Pledge was written by Francis Bellamy, cousin to Edward Bellamy (the author), and both were self-proclaimed national socialists in the United States. The original Pledge began with a military salute that was then extended out toward the flag. In practice, the second gesture was performed palm down. The gesture was not an ancient Roman salute. All of these are discoveries of the symbologist Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge of Allegiance Secrets").”
John Thomas Nall, GOD SAVE THE SOUTH: And a Treasure Chest of Forbidden Information

John T. Flynn
“We have no managed to acquire bases all over the world—islands distant as the Australian Archipelago which President Roosevelt seized in 1938 without so much as a by-your-leave from Congress. There is no part of the world where trouble can break out where we do not have bases of some sort of which, if we wish to use the pretension, we cannot claim our interests are menaced. Thus menaced there must remain when the war is over continuing argument in the hands of the imperialists for a vast naval establishment and a huge army ready to attack anywhere or to resist an attack from all the enemies we shall be obliged to have. Because always the most powerful argument for a huge army maintained for economic reasons is that we have enemies. We must have enemies, They will become and economic necessity for us.”
John T. Flynn, As We Go Marching: A Biting Indictment of the Coming of Domestic Fascism in America

John T. Flynn
“We have now managed to acquire bases all over the world—islands distant as the Australian Archipelago which President Roosevelt seized in 1938 without so much as a by-your-leave from Congress. There is no part of the world where trouble can break out where we do not have bases of some sort of which, if we wish to use the pretension, we cannot claim our interests are menaced. Thus menaced there must remain when the war is over continuing argument in the hands of the imperialists for a vast naval establishment and a huge army ready to attack anywhere or to resist an attack from all the enemies we shall be obliged to have. Because always the most powerful argument for a huge army maintained for economic reasons is that we have enemies. We must have enemies, They will become and economic necessity for us.”
John T. Flynn, As We Go Marching: A Biting Indictment of the Coming of Domestic Fascism in America

“We can have the moral courage, this time, to remind ourselves that major international violence us, in terms of the values our civilisation, a from of bankruptcy for us all, even for those who are confident that they are right; that all of us, victors and vanquished alike, must emerge from it poorer than we began it and farther from the goals we had in mind, and that, since victory or defeat can signify only relative degrees of misfortune, even the most glorious military victory would give us no right to face the future in any spirit other than one of sorrow and humbleness for what has happened and of realisation that the road ahead, toward a better world, is long and hard, longer and harder, in fact, than it would have been had it been possible to avoid a military cataclysm altogether.”
George F Kennan

Colonel Don Wilson
“While the study of war is both fascinating and necessary for preparedness, the actual fighting should be avoided where possible.”
Colonel Don Wilson

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