Si vis pacem, para bellum = if you want peace, prepare for war
Plato = ONLY THE DEAD HAVE SEEN THE END OF WAR
Sima Rangju = "Although ancient states were great, they inevitably perished when they were too fond of war"
Sun Tzu = "all war is deception"
Leon Trotsky = “you may not be interested in war but war is interested in you.”
Winston Churchill = “In wartime truth is so precious that it must always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”
General James Mattis = "the enemy gets a vote"
von Moltke = "no battle plan [strategy] survives first contact with the enemy"
Livy = "nowhere do events correspond more to a man's expectations than in war"
Erwin Rommel = “a risk is a chance you take; if it fails, you can recover. A gamble is a chance taken; if it fails, recovery is impossible”
if we do not have enemies we can create them
Phil Klay = “Believing war is beyond words is an abrogation of responsibility. It lets civilians off the hook from trying to understand, and veterans off the hook from needing to explain.”
ESCHATOLOGY: the part of theology concerned with death, judgement, and the final destiny of the soul and humankind
in the game of patriarchy, women aren’t the other team, they’re the ball
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.”
– Shirley Chisholm
“Have you ever seen what a 2,000-pound bomb does to a person?” He was not really bragging because in this case the victims had been American soldiers. Friendly fire, five guys. “We put the remains in a sandwich bag,” he said.
To look at it from the eyes of people who are from here, who have gone away from it, and have come back. What do they see when they come back? What's missing?
You don't want to "ghettoize" soldiers and veterans in their heroism. You don't want to create a separate class of superior beings who aren't expected to engage in everyday life.
There's a wonderful painting by Winslow Homer that shows a young man with a scythe, it was painted in 1865 and he's cutting wheat. And it's called, 'The Veteran in a New Field.' This is fall harvest, immediately after the Civil War, and he's already back to work. It's an amazing painting, and it says a lot.
“Men wash their hands, in blood, as best they can”
- Randall Jarrell