Why World War One?

The long Failure of Western Arms.



Those who take the sword will perish by the sword.

Field Marshall Hermann Goering 1934.

Naturally the common people don’t want war.... but after all its the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people cam always be bought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.

General Erich von Ludendorff.

I decline Christianity because it is Jewish, because it is international, and because, in cowardly fashion, it preaches Peace on Earth.

Alfred Nobel. 1892 at International Pacifist Congress

Perhaps my dynamite plants will put an end to war sooner than your pacifist congresses. On the day two armies corps can annihilate each other in one second, all civilized nations will recoil from war in horror.

The Hon. Sir Herbert Lawrence (Chairman of Vickers Ltd.)

The question of the manufacture of arms by the state or bt private firms has been obscured by a certain amount of prejudice.... the prejudice is the expression of an honourable but perhaps mistaken ideal respecting the sanctity of life and the iniquity of war..

Alan Storkey...

Wars without weapons would be like a late night drunken brawl. In the morning they are gone.

I have a gun, and therefore I am fit to rule.

I arm myself because I don't trust people with weapons.

We are all safer with a loaded gun under our pillows.

A destroys B. B destroys A. Give me C anytime.

We in the West must condemn in the strongest terms Putin's supply of weapons to Syria and Eastern Ukraine. These weapons generate strife and undermine the rule of law, and we also want these arms markets ourselves.

Manslaughter is the serious crime of producing a person's death, short of murdering them. Those who produce lethal weapons which then kill are ipso facto guilty of manslaughter and should face this criminal charge. 

Compensation for criminal damage is a normal part of national law; it should also apply to international damage caused through bombing and other acts of war.

As a general rule, wars are set up a decade before they start by the munitions people.

What do you win when you win a war?

Many politicians are conditioned to believe in military solutions, though they will not themselves fight.

Standing armies were created because it was quite clear in democracies that ordinary people would not fight.

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