Tuesday, September 20, 2005

"Not a way of life at all"

Norman Solomon continues to be one of the few writers to steadily hammer away at the assumptions underlying our crazy militarist oligarchy. Today, he has another go at the "warfare state" and quotes Eisenhower, who sounds like a radical in comparison to politicians today:
"Every gun that is made, every warship that is launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."

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