What does any of that have to do with Iraq violating the terms of the Desert Storm cease fire? They have put the brand of confessed injustice upon that rankling and vindictive resentment, with which the profligate and passionate part of the American press has been threatening us in the event of concession, and which is to be manifested by some dire revenge, to be taken, as they pretend, after the nation is extricated from its present difficulties. We could have acted no otherwise than we have done: yet it is impossible to think, without something like a shudder, from what we have escaped. I do not scruple to say that I have sympathized more or less ardently with most of the rebellions, successful and unsuccessful, which have taken place in my time. The President, in his Message, has already proposed that this salutary reform should be effected in the case of Maryland, additional territory, detached from Virginia, being given to that State as an equivalent: thus clearly indicating the policy which he approves, and which he is probably willing to make universal. Thank you, Jonathan Lockwood Huie Sign-up for your free subscription to my Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote email. Could it have been expected, or even perhaps desired, that they should? McClarey on on Donald R. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.
Respect for human dignity and human rights is often accompanied by a profound dislike of those who violate them. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. In a spectrum of possible standpoints the extremes at either end always stand out. Philip asked her how the pudding tasted. Before admitting the authority of any persons, as organs of the will of the people, to dispose of the whole political existence of a country, I ask to see whether their credentials are from the whole, or only from a part. The idiots who will make the outlandish claims that we are evil for liberating a country need to get a grip on reality. The exceptions to this, in their ranks, have been too few to require notice, or to characterize the party.
But it is said the North will never succeed in conquering the South; and since the separation must in the end be recognised, it is better to do at first what must be done at last; moreover, if it did conquer them, it could not govern them when conquered, consistently with free institutions. Or for Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes. And assuming that Bush lied, doesn't that present a concern to a people fit for self-rule? When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. But we cannot go back to the past. Anja Steinbauer considers some criticisms of pacifists and pacifism. Many years ago, when General Jackson was President, South Carolina did nearly rebel she never was near separating about a tariff; but no other State abetted her, and a strong adverse demonstration from Virginia brought the matter to a close.
Could the Union abandon them, without even an effort, to be dealt with at the pleasure of an exasperated slave-owning oligarchy? Patton The military don't start wars. When we step on the battlefield, I will be The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off. On the other hand, it can contribute to generating hostile images, to thinking of the violator of rights as our enemy and thus moving us towards a willingness to fight this enemy. No, not even as a youth. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
But the parties in a protracted civil war almost invariably end by taking more extreme, not to say higher grounds of principle than they began with. Neither did the Constitution, in their own opinion, require them to permit the introduction of slavery into the Territories, which were not yet States. Though the thing was pre-determined, and most of the States committed by their public authorities before the people were called on to vote; though in taking the votes terrorism in many places reigned triumphant; yet even so, in several of the States, secession was carried only by narrow majorities. And they know, as we may know if we please, that this amounts to the same thing. After our people by their cold disapprobation, and our press by its invective, had combined with their own difficulties to damp the spirit of the Free States, and drive them to submit and make peace, we should have to fight the Slave States ourselves at far greater disadvantages, when we should no longer have the wearied and exhausted North for an ally. War is an ugly thing. Enter Your E-Mail Address: Enter Your Name what you want to be called : To confirm your subscription, you must click on a link in the email being sent to you.
Nevertheless, the White House published their claims. If, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing. If they have not taken arms against slavery, they have against its extension. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. Hal Moore You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
Pacifism would only work as a policy if other states also committed to pacifism. So, we should have sat by as Hussein continued his brutal authoritarian ways? The precaution that Mill takes regarding the exalted character of this very war is omitted from the quote that started the thread. War Is an Ugly Thing but Not the Ugliest of Things the Decayed and Degraded State of Moral and Patriotic Feeling Which Thinks That Nothing Is Worth War Is Much Worse the Person Who Has Nothing for Which He Is Willing to Fight Nothing Which Is More Important Than His Own Personal Safety Is a Miserable Creature and Has No Chance of Being Free Unless Made and Kept So by the Exertions of Better Men Than Himself John Stuart Mill English Economist Philospher 1806 1873 War Is Not the Worst Thing Meme on Conservative Memes. Putting the worst hypothesis possible, which it would be the height of injustice to entertain seriously, that the concession was really made solely to convenience, and that the profession of regard for justice was hypocrisy: even so, the ground taken, even if insincerely, is the most hopeful sign of the moral state of the American mind which has appeared for many years. These have been such as most of us, I venture to say, did not by any means expect. To them, the derivation of the 'good' is based on a simple, yet peculiar standard: the powerful and competent are wicked, while the feeble and impotent are innocent - regardless of the context. It shares its concern for the moral principles behind warfare with a very different position: Just War Theory.
In considering this matter, we ought to dismiss from our minds as far as possible those feelings against the North, which have been engendered not merely by the Trent aggression, but by the previous anti-British effusions of newspaper writers and stump orators. Henry Charles Carey, The French and American Tariffs Compared Philadelphia: printed Collins, 1861 , esp. They are ready, on the contrary, to give it new guarantees; to renounce all that they have been contending for, to win back, if opportunity offers, the South to the Union, by surrendering the whole point. It has also been pointed out that refusal to fight an aggressor in the international arena means a failure to protect innocent individuals. If this knowledge does not come to them for several years, the abolition question will by that time have settled itself. What does it have to do with Iraq being run by a brutal authoritarian regime? It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.
The world has been saved from this calamity, and England from this disgrace. For assuredly Congress will very soon make up its mind to declare all slaves free who belong to persons in arms against the Union. What must American slavery be, if deeds like these are necessary under it? Winter weather on the Aegean was unpredictable, and the ramshackle crafts used by the smugglers often sank. The present Government of the United States is not an abolitionist government. All this, of course, depends on the supposition that the North does not give in first. Every reader of a newspaper to the furthest ends of the earth, would have believed and remembered one thing only: that at the critical juncture which was to decide whether slavery should blaze up afresh with increased vigour, or be trodden out—at the moment of conflict between the good and the evil spirit—at the dawn of a hope that the demon might now at last be chained and flung into the pit, England stepped in, and, for the sake of cotton, made Satan victorious.
Or, even if unforgotten, who would then have felt that such a grievance was a sufficient palliation of the crime? A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice—is often the means of their regeneration. And what are the criticisms of the war? The Republicans well know that if they can re-establish the Union, they gain everything for which they originally contended; and it would be a plain breach of faith with the Southern friends of the Government, if, after rallying them round its standard for a purpose of which they approve, it were suddenly to alter its terms of communion without their consent. Harper's New Monthly Magazine , Volume 24, Issue 143, page 683-684. Grant was in some ways less than a perfect gentleman. For the term, see Article on emigration to Kansas, New York Tribune, 19 Oct. The idea that war is the ultimate evil ignores the true evil that we defeated in this endeavor - the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein that waged constant terror, murder, and torture against his own people. But there was from the beginning, and now is, a large infusion of that element in it; and this is increasing, will increase, and if the war lasts, will in the end predominate.