War/Peace

 

‘A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.’
Golda Meir

War is a tool of politics, a game of mass murder. 

Countries that have a military budget have little intention of living in peace.

‘Gautama (Buddha) lives as one who has laid aside the club and sword. He is scrupulous, kindly, friendly and compassionate towards all breathing things.’  

‘The souls of those they have murdered are even now wandering aimlessly and weeping incessantly in the Spirit Land.’
Indaba My Children. Credo Mutwa

‘Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.’
Jean-Paul Sartre

‘In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.’ 
Julius Caesar

‘There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.’
Sun Tzu

‘A man with outward courage dares to die. A man with inner courage dares to live.’
Lao Tzu

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‘We best avoid wars by taking even physical action to stop small ones.’
Sir Anthony Eden

‘When you have killed many people,
You weep for them in sorrow.
When you win a war,
You celebrate by mourning.’
Mastering the Art of War. James Cleary (translation Sun Tzu)

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Indaba My Children. Credo Mutwa

‘If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should see sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.’
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘The greater the hold of government upon the life of the individual citizen the greater the risk of war.’
John Hospers

‘Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.’
Herbert Clark Hoover

‘We should also remember that once we cultivate a compassionate attitude, non-violence comes automatically. Non-violence is not a diplomatic word, it is compassion in action. If you have hatred in your heart, then very often your actions will be violent, whereas if you have compassion in your heart, your actions will be non-violent.’
Dalai Lama

‘Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.’
Albert Einstein

‘The pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service.’
Albert Einstein

eisenhower‘I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.’
Dwight D. Eisenhower

THE CURSE OF WAR
War robs men of their youth.
It betrays their youthful aspirations,
and thrusts them into an abyss of unimaginable hell.
Yet, those who have looked death in the face,
now experience the glory of being alive.
In their eyes,
everyday is a gift
to be explored and enjoyed.
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‘I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people’.
Edmund Burke

Mahatma-Gandhi-Quotes-on-War1‘Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be inseparable part of our very being.’
Mahatma Gandhi

‘Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.’
Baruch Spinoza

‘If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere else insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were simply necessary to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?’
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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‘Are you a soldier compelled by the harsh law of man to forsake wife and children, and go forth into the field of battle for the sake of Greed, which your leaders mis-call duty.’
Voice of the Master. Kahlil Gibran

‘If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.’
Mother Teresa

‘Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy’.
Henry Kissinger

LAST POST

At the going down
Of the sun
We will remember them –
And never forget
How much they –
What we all gave;
Days we died,
Left parts of our souls
Buried deep in
The Africa Bush
Graham Vivian Lancaster

‘In violence we forget who we are.’
Mary McCarthy

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‘More dreadful even than the destruction, in my opinion, is the humiliating slavery into which war plunges the individual. Is it not a terrible thing to be forced by the community to do things which every individual regards as abominable crimes? Only a few had the moral greatness to resist; them I regard as the real heroes of the Great War.’
Albert Einstein

‘Without disarmament there can be no lasting peace.’
Albert Einstein

‘You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.’
Albert Einstein

‘I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.’
Mahatma Gandhi

‘Every War in past 50 Years a Result of Media Lies.’
Julian Assange

‘The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.’
Lao Tzu

‘If war is ever lawful, then peace is sometimes sinful.’
C S Lewis

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‘All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.’
George Orwell

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‘I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.’
Charles Maurice De Talleyrand

CAMOURFLAGE
I recognized the camouflage
And a thousand buried memories
flashed through my mind.
Hesitantly I took the book down from the shelf,
looking closer at the jacket –
photographs so well remembered.
Hesitant to look further,
old wounds opening,
but it was us, and a part of me.
Pictures of teenagers.
Shocked at our youth,
Naïve innocence,
Glorying in defence
of men’s wars,
Too old to repair their own carnage,
who used fresh faced children.
Emotions surfacing with every page,
opening – remembering
too many times,
so many places,
broken bodies,
tortured minds,
fighters forever changed.
Brittle twigs carrying one ton loads.
But for one thing I am grateful,
because of us,
Our ‘children’ stayed home.
AUTHOR PICTUREGraham Vivian Lancaster

SLEEP SAFELY
I watched you sleeping last night,
So peaceful and deep,
And my heart was filled to bursting,
With love and with pride
For my two year old girl child.
I wanted never to let you go.
Angrily I wiped away a tear,
For tomorrow I must return to the war
And I might never see you again.
Graham Vivian Lancaster

‘Demons
You come to me and why
Do you rouse me so
Alone
In this lonely night
Of vivid
Thirty five year war memories
Never far?
Do you plague
My men so too;
Those even in death?’
Graham Vivian Lancaster

‘The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies.’
Basil O’Connor

‘Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.’
John F Kennedy

‘Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.’
Jawaharlal Nehru (first and longest-serving Prime Minister of India)

‘The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies.’
Basil O’Connor

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‘If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each man’s life a sorrow and a suffering enough to disarm all hostility.’
Henry Longfellow

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‘Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the spirit.
Napoleon Bonaparte (stated near the end of his life)

‘Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.’
Herbert Clark Hoover

chineseIf there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.’
Chinese Proverb

Ikudun Zulu tradition the kudu is the symbol of the senseless pride that causes our demise. The kudu is used to teach about the futility of conflict. When two male kudus fight during the mating season their horns sometimes become inter-locked and they are unable to free themselves. Thus they end their days inextricably bound to their enemy; their horned skulls being testimony to their stupidity.

donovanTHE UNIVERSAL SOLDIER
He’s five foot-two, and he’s six feet-four,
He fights with missiles and with spears.
He’s all of thirty-one, and he’s only seventeen,
Been a soldier for a thousand years.
He’s a Catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jain,
A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew.
And he knows he shouldn’t kill,
And he knows he always will,
Kill you for me my friend and me for you.
And he’s fighting for Canada,
He’s fighting for France,
He’s fighting for the USA,
And he’s fighting for the Russians,
And he’s fighting for Japan,
And he thinks we’ll put an end to war this way.
And he’s fighting for Democracy,
He’s fighting for the Reds,
He says it’s for the peace of all.
He’s the one who must decide,
Who’s to live and who’s to die,
And he never sees the writing on the wall.
But without him,
How would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau?
Without him Caesar would have stood alone,
He’s the one who gives his body
As a weapon of the war,
And without him all this killing can’t go on.
He’s the Universal Soldier and he really is to blame,
His orders come from far away no more,
They come from here and there and you and me,
And brothers can’t you see,
This is not the way we put the end to war.
Donovan

ELIM MISSION MASSACRE      23/6/1978 – RHODESIA
Guerillas crossed the border, from their base in Mozambique,
Cowardly satanic whores, trained well to kill the meek.
Christendom, the word of God, was communist’s enemy.
From this land Rhodesia, they wished His Word to flee.

In the dead of night these ‘freedom fighters’ surrounded Eagle School,
Wild animals from the depth of Hell, their intensions foul and cruel,
Condemned to death thirteen souls, by Pharisee Kangaroo court.
Elim’s Missionaries forced onto a field, to witness Satan’s ‘sport’
 
Three men five women, and four young children slain,
Twelve meek and gentle souls, enduring untold pain,
Hacked to death and mutilated, beyond all recognition,
A three month baby torn asunder, ended this abhorrent mission.
 
Bayoneted, beaten, left for dead, only one dear soul survived,
So traumatized and beaten; later from her wounds she died.
Martyred Soldiers of the Lord; humbly proud and brave;
Butchered by the very ones, whom they were called to save.
 
When we look upon Zimbabwe, at the setting of the sun,
Let us nere forget the way their ‘freedom’ thus was won,
Satan’s ghouls now sitting on their stolen thrones of power,
Cheering the death of missionaries; doubtless their finest hour.

Surely Angels wept aloud, on that darkest night of seventy eight,
The twenty third of June…Satan broke through heaven’s gate
How do we ever come to terms with such heinous savagery?
We remember our dear suffering Lord… nailed to Calvary’s tree.
Alf Hutchison

LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM
Last night I had the strangest dream
I’d ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war
I dreamed I saw a mighty room
Filled with women and men
And the paper they were signing said
They’d never fight again
And when the paper was all signed
And a million copies made
They all joined hands and bowed their heads
And grateful pray’rs were prayed
And the people in the streets below
Were dancing ’round and ’round
While swords and guns and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground
Last night I had the strangest dream
I’d never dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.
Lyrics – Ed McCurdy