Wednesday, September 26, 2012

War is Terrible, Not Glorious.

We, as a nation, cannot continue to be like "The Fire Nation." It is not the right or the duty of anyone to spread our culture to the rest of the world. It is our duty, as a nation, to live as a nation based in peace, ready to defend our rights from outside aggressors, and to ensure stability by creating strong ties with other nations. A ready and able defense is a good thing. A ready and able standing army with obscene amounts of money and weaponry...not so much. We must scale back our defense spending to levels consistent with the current state of geopolitical affairs. Achieve victory in conflict with the minimum amount of necessary force, engage in war only when attacked, never harm women, children, elderly, and visible non-combatants. 

War is not something to be glorified, it's not something to be desired. War is something we should be engaged in with great hesitation and reluctance

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” 
James Madison

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” 
James Madison

“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” 
James Madison

"It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it."
Robert E. Lee

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