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Comment Dated Feb 24, 2008


THE LUST FOR GLORY

"The idea that the United States and/or its West European satellites or allies can today or later imitate the conquests of Caesar or even the more recent empire builders of England, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Italy, Belgium, or Germany is too obviously naive and unrealistic to merit any attempt at refutation."

--Dennis Lawrence, Operational Thinking for Survival, 1969 (p.xiv)

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.

--Thomas Jefferson

"And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.

"How do I know? For this is what I have done."

--Julius Caesar