Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No Wars, No Veterans?

Veteran's Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 - 90 years ago today.

World War I was supposed to be the war to end all wars.

Whenever the United States has a political race [like the one we just went through], any contenders who have been in the armed services - especially those having war experience - bring it up.

Can you imagine a time when we had peace for so long that there were no politicians with wartime experience? Would that be good or bad?

Other people have tried to imagine this:

"More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars - yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

"I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another." - Thomas Jefferson

"It is well that war is so terrible - otherwise we would grow too fond of it." - Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)

1 comment:

Kay Dennison said...

Excellent quotes. Would that our leaders would learn from history.