Also, an extraordinary book, by my favorite Marine of all time, Major General Smedley Butler, 'War Is A Racket'.
Smedley Darlington Butler
"War is a Racket" is marine general, Smedley Butler's classic treatise on why wars are conducted, who profits from them, and who pays the price. Few people are as qualified as General Butler to advance the argument encapsulated in his book's sensational title. When "War is a Racket" was first published in 1935, Butler was the most decorated American soldier of his time. He had lead several successful military operations in the Caribbean and in Central America, as well as in Europe during the First World War. Despite his success and his heroic status, however, Butler came away from these experiences with a deeply troubled view of both the purpose and the results of warfare.
I am in agreement, war IS a racket.
- T Heintz
|All wars are planned by old men
In council rooms apart,
Who call for greater armament
And map the battle chart.
But where their sightless eyes stare out
Beyond life's vanished joys,
I've noticed nearly all the dead
Were hardly more than boys.
|War seldom enters but where wealth allures.||The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.||The less government we have, the better -- the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual. -Ralph Emerson|