war is ugly but not the ugliest thing

3 08 2006

Nobody in their right mind likes war or wants it to happen.  It’s a horrible thing for people to be killed over differences in opinion or belief or for greed or ambition.  But sometimes war is necessary.

Here’s a quote about war from a philosopher in the 19th century.  It’s something to think about.  (Be forewarned that the “politically correct” mentality did not exist then.)

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. ~ John Stuart Mill

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2 responses

21 02 2007
Cinaed

“Whoever wishes for peace, let him prepare for war.”-Vegetius

21 02 2007
The Prince

‘War is the continuation of politics by other means.’

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