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"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. . . .
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry.
Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so.
How do I know?

For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar. "

- William Shakespeare

Die Quelle des Krieges

Umso schäfer wird der Kampf um die letzten Reserven nicht mehr Mittel sondern Zweck des Kriegs werden. - Michael Moore

"Der Zweck des Krieges ist nicht der Sieg, sondern der Krieg selbst...die Hierarchie der Gesellschaft ist nur auf der Grundlage von Armut und Unwissenheit aufrecht zu erhalten. Im Grunde ist der Krieg notwendig, um die Gesellschaft am Rand des Verhungerns zu halten. Der Krieg wird von der herrschenden Schicht gegen ihre eigenen Untertanen geführt und sein Zweck ist nicht der Sieg... sondern die Struktur der Gesellschaft aufrecht zu erhalten." - George Orwell

"The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people, and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. It is in the nature of things that the progress of reason is slow and no one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. One can encourage freedom, never create it by an invading force." ~ Maximilien Robespierre, 1792

Peace sites

  • Frieden - Paix - Peace
  • Courage to Refuse - Combatant's Letter
  • Gush Shalom (Translated from Hebrew, the name means "The Peace Bloc") is the hard core of the Israeli peace movement.
  • International Network for Peace Research
    The court is Corrupt,
    The Fields are overgrown with weeds,
    The granaries are empty;
    Yet there are those dressed in fineries,
    With swords at their sides,
    Filled with food and drink,
    And possesed of too much wealth.
    This is known as taking the lead in robbery.
    Far indeed is this from the way.

    Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching, Ch 53.2

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