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War should be made a crime, and those who instigate it should be punished as criminals.

Charles Evans Hughes

The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.

Charles-Louis De Secondat
From "The Spirit of Laws," 1748

[War] is a positive, precise and specific evil, of gigantic proportions ...making within the sphere of its influence all true grandeur impossible.

Charles Sumner
From his 1845 speech "The True Grandeur of Nations."

Almost all war making states borrow extensively, raise taxes, and seize the means of combat- including men--from reluctant citizens...

Charles Tilly

Name me an emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.

Charles V of France

The politicians in this world... have at their command weapons of mass destruction far more complex than their own thinking processes.

Charley Reese

The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests.

Charley Reese

We...are not really free if we can't control our own government and its policies. And we will never do that if we remain ignorant.

Charley Reese

War, n: A time-tested political tactic guaranteed to raise a president’s popularity rating by at least 30 points. It is especially useful during election years and economic downturns.

Chaz Bufe

War in the end is always about betrayal, betrayal of the young by the old, of soldiers by politicians, and of idealists by cynics.

Chris Hedges

In war, we always deform ourselves, our essence.

Chris Hedges

The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment.

Chris Hedges

After victory, you have more enemies.

Cicero

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

Clarence Darrow

Hell hath no fury like a non-combatant.

C.L. Montague
Quote from "Among the Dead Cities," by A.C. Grayling (Walker & Co., 2006).

War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support.

Colin Powell

Chauvinism is a proud and bellicose form of patriotism...which equates the national honor with military victory.

Colonel James A. Donovan, Marine Corps

The dangerous patriot...is a defender of militarism and its ideals of war and glory.

Colonel James A. Donovan, Marine Corps

The dangerous patriot...drifts into chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions.

Colonel James A. Donovan, Marine Corps

You cannot be on one hand dedicated to peace and on the other dedicated to violence. Those two things are irreconcilable.

Condoleeza Rice
Comment trying to convince mideast policy makers Russia, the EU and the UN to stop aid to the new Hamas Palestinian government; 1/30/06.

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.

Congressman Ron Paul

War is never economically beneficial except for those in position to profit from war expenditures.

Congressman Ron Paul

As a rule of thumb, if the government wants you to know it, it probably isn't true.

Craig Murray

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised "for the good of its victims" may be the most oppressive.

C. S. Lewis

Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did.

C.S. Lewis
Lewis (1898-1963) was an Irish author and scholar, most famous for his 'Chronicles of Narnia' series. (From 'The Anti-War Quote Book,' Quirk Books, Ed. by Eric Groves Sr.)
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