Veterans Day quotations

“Is not a matter of whether the war is not real or if it is. Victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past. And no different past can ever have existed. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects. And its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.”  George Orwell (1903–1950), from 1984

“When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.”  Kikuyu proverb

“I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909–12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras “right” for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. . . . Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents.”  U.S. Marine Corps General Smedley D. Butler (1881–1940)

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”  Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969)

“If my soldiers began to think, not one of them would remain in the ranks.”  Frederick the Great (1712–1786)

“There are no warlike peoples, just warlike leaders.”  Ralph Johnson Bunche, U.S. diplomat (1904–1971)

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”  Hermann Göring, famous Nazi (1893–1946)

“The fetters imposed on liberty at home have ever been forged out of the weapons provided for defence against real, pretended, or imaginary dangers from abroad.”  James Madison, 4th U.S. president (1751–1836)

“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in our dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.  Ernest Hemingway writer (1899–1961)

“Governments lie.”  I. F. Stone, journalist (1907–1989)

Posted Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 under government, patriotism, Uncategorized.


  1. Why do you love rape and hate America?

    • I don’t hate America. I just don’t think much of its government. Rape is sometimes clear-cut and often is anything but. As with whipping and bondage and God knows what else, if you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it.

  2. David Kensinger says:

    I’m a veteran, and I believe the quotes are quite fitting.

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