Tony Blair does a good job explaining the case for the war on terrorism


Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. . . . The Nation which indulges toward another habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.

— George Washington, Farewell Address [September 7, 1796]

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people.... [There is also an] inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and ... degeneracy of manners and of morals.... No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare....

-- James Madison, "Political Observations" [April 20, 1795]

7/28/2006 7:10 PM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Read Lew Rockwell's 'The Glory of War.'

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It's a beautiful essay that drives home the theme that war ain't so glorious.

7/28/2006 7:15 PM  

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