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Thinking About War

From A Thousand and One Things to Think About.

by Everett Wilson
February 14, 2003

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Thinking About War_Everett Wilson-From <i>A Thousand and One Things to Think About</i>.

Individuals may be pacifists, but nations can’t afford to be more than neutral.


While it’s tempting to go to war to save your allies, it’s equally tempting to turn your back on them.


Warfare never attains to the level of good, but only to better or worse among miserable choices.


By going to war, you accept the fact that you are going to do bad things.


By never going to war, you accept the fact that you are going to let bad things happen to other people.


You may choose not to fight; but if you choose to fight, then fight to win.


You can't be right in what you did if you had no right to do it.


It’s amazing how many people want to teach others by killing them.


When the United States lies, then I, in small measure, am made a liar too.


Even tyrants aren’t obligated to cooperate with spies.


Statesmanship is the art of responsible government, not the pursuit of impossible government.


The personal causes of the human predicament — ignorance, carelessness, selfishness, pride —
may on occasion yield to responsible human choices, but accident, the impersonal cause, yields only to the power and will of a sovereign and loving God.


You can enforce conformity, but not obedience.


God survives history in surprisingly good condition.


The communists lost Europe because they were godless and incompetent bullies, not because they were socialists.


We are all given power, but we do not all take responsibility.


Those who don’t ask for help can still use help.


Knowing the right answers isn’t the same as applying them.

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Mia Grogan from Australia writes:
June 3, 2003
It's nice to see that Bush is no more the mouthpiece of every American than Howard is of Australian views.

I feel saddend by the actions and words of my leader and heartend by the article that there is care for others and that we don't need bully boy tactic's in government.


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