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Submitted by JACQUES HADIDA (United States), Sep 15, 2009 at 21:06

Clicking on " PALESTINIANS NEED BE DEFEATED" I found words from Sun Tzu, Clausewitz and Montecuccoli about war and its effects.

May I add few other words by other famous people. They give an extra dimension to war and its effects.

It was Abraham Lincoln who said:" Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept rather than let it perish. And the war came... How much truer could this be.

The Greek Thucydides said: " People go to war out of ' honor, fear or interest' . which one is applicable in this case? And Herman Wouk warned us: " Either war is finished or we are"

How interesting to hear Nietzsche claim:" War makes the victor stupid and the vanquished vengeful"

Sun Tzu mentioned earlier did tell us:" There is no instance of a nation benefiting from a prolonged war"

But Einstein was right for:" As long as there will be man, there will be war. And General Patton was right: "War is very simple. All it takes is simple and ruthless men.

I will finish with this word from Leo Tolstoy with which I can only strongly agree:" War in this world can be stopped not by the ruling establishment, but by those who suffer from the war. They will do the most natural thing: stop obeying orders


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