Friday, February 26, 2010

Peace, Seen from the Dark Side

Words from the one and only Brightest Corner of the Dark Side regarding PEACE. 'Hant Gona Study War No Mo (I wish).

In a 1948 letter to President Harry Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: "I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next one."

Since the end of World War II, this rather odd statement could be repeated again today and be just as timely and true. Nothing is gained by one people killing another, one nation rubbing out another.

The day after President Franklin D. Roosevelt died, he was to give an address to a Jefferson Day gathering. In that undelivered speech were these words: "The work, my friend, is peace. More than an end of this war – an end to the beginnings of all wars."

Grantland Rice, sports writer of another era, put light on where wars come from. In his view all wars are planned by old men in council rooms apart.

When I write in favor of peace over war, I feel like British novelist Jean Rhys who described herself as "A doormat in a world of boots."

Will Rogers, humorist, wrote in his column in the New York Times, "You can't say civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way."

George Bernard Shaw
wrote in Man and Superman, "In the arts of peace Man is a bungler."

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