“Who can sum up the horrors and woes accumulated in a single war? ... War comes with its bloody hand into our very dwellings. It takes from ten thousand homes those who live there in peace and comfort, held by the tender ties of family and kindred. It drags them away, to die untended, of fever or exposure, in infectious climes; or to be hacked, torn, and mangled in the fierce fight; to fall on the gory field, to rise no more, or to be born away, in awful agony, to noisome and horrid hospitals. The groans of the battle-field are echoed in sighs of bereavement from thousands of desolated hearths. There is a skeleton in every house, a vacant chair at every table. Returning, the soldier brings more sorrow to his home, by the infection which he has caught of camp-vices. The country is demoralized. The national mind is brought down, from the noble exchange of kind offices with another people, to wrath and revenge, and base pride, and the habit of measuring brute strength against brute strength, in battle. Treasures are expended, that would suffice to build ten thousand churches, hospitals, and universities, or rib and tie together a continent with rails of iron. If that treasure were sunk in the sea it would be calamity enough; but it is put to worse use; for it is expended in cutting into the veins and arteries of human life, until the earth is deluged with a sea of blood.”
* The above was written well over 100 years ago, but still pertains today; we just seem to do it wholesale nowadays. In essence we simply will slaughter or facilitate slaughter in any country whose government does not do what we tell it to, or whose resources it will not give to the Oilagarchy.
* Until we relearn the ability to sit down and discuss, not dictate, solutions to problems; when we relearn the ability to listen, to compromise, and to have empathy and compassion for our fellow man wherever he may be, we will be nothing more to the world than a barbaric dictatorship to be despised and shunned by the civilized portions of the world.
I am reminded of what Gandhi said when asked by a reporter what he thought of Western civilization. His answer? “I think it would be a good idea.”