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Peace and War

by Barnhill, David L. last modified Sep 02, 2010 07:56 AM

Fight war, not wars.

We can no longer afford to confuse peaceability with passivity. Authentic peace is no more passive than war. Like war, it calls for discipline and intelligence and strength of character, though it calls also for higher principles and aims. If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we now prepare for war.
--Wendell Berry, “A Citizen’s Response,” Citizenship Papers (Washington D.C.: Shoemaker & Hoard, 2003), 16.

They plunder, they slaughter, and they steal: this they falsely name Empire, and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace.
— Calgacus, translation Loeb Classical Library edition

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
--President and former General Dwight D. Eisenhower (in the waning days of the Korean War)

I live in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars.
--George Fox (founder of Quakerism) to war recruiters

You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can't bomb it into peace.
--Michael Franti

Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
--Mohandas Gandhi

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiples it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate, In fact violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

The chain reaction of evil—hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars—must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.





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by Barnhill, David L. last modified Sep 02, 2010 07:56 AM