Monday, September 11, 2006

Half a decade later...

Benjamin Franklin
There never was a good war or a bad peace.

Abraham Lincoln
Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose -- and you allow him to make war at pleasure. If today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us' but he will say to you, 'Be silent; I see it, if you don't.'"

Dwight D. Eisenhower
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 not clothed.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?

Isaac Asimov
Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent.

The best film I've seen about 9/11 is called simply, "9/11." Two French brothers were filming a documentary about a rookie fire fighter in lower Manhatten the day it happened. There is no political commentary, no blaming, no talk of war in Iraq. Simply the raw emotions of these men as it happened. Your local library has several copies; please borrow it.


Laura H said...

I won't ever forget my first trip to NYC. You were there, so you know - we visited the site. it really hit me then, and the shift has stayed with me.
PS - amazing quotes, thank you.

Blair said...

Great quotes, I agree. The biggest question in my mind, though, is do we just leave, and let Iraq implode? I don't think we were right to go in there in the first place, but what do we do now? I don't think it's right to just take off and leave it like it is. That will just piss off even more Iraqis.

By the way, as a major Asimov fan, I can't help but correct you. The quote is "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent," from Foundation, I believe.

Stargirl said...

I agree. We've screwed things up big time. If they would have just listened to me in the FIRST place, that wouldn't have happened! :)

Blair said...

Well, it's hard to hear a Provo college student from Washington... :)