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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

say what?

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."

Who said it? (don't cheat!) Do you think these words still apply?

4 Comments:

At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eisenhower!

(And I'm not even American...)

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger Lauren said...

I do think these words still apply - how could they not? In our world that has at the same time such startling poverty and such ridiculous military spending, how do we live with ourselves? By participating in these democracies that have such priorities, we are not only failing to condemn spending in this was but almost condoning it through our inaction.

Admittedly, part of the problem is one of collective action. The less militarism in the world, the more countries would be comfortable directing their resources towards more productive (rather than destructive) pursuits. Some could argue that a lot of the responsibility in this area lies with the United States due to its extensive wealth and position as essentially the world's only super power. It could lead the way - but will it?

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing Eisenhower.

(haven't read any comments yet)


Jim

 
At 3:52 AM, Blogger kyledeb said...

Eisenhower said that at around the same time that he was organizing a CIA coup in Guatemala.

 

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