My friend Andy sent these to me yesterday...
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.
How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
-- Julius Caesar
People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
Tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of
-- Hermann Goering
There ought to be limits to freedom.
-- George W. Bush
we are each one of us responsible for every war because of the
aggressiveness of our own lives, because of our nationalism, our
selfishness, our gods, our prejudices, our ideals, all of which divide us.
-- J. Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known