Killer Quotes – Eisenhower on the arms race

“Every gun that is made, every warship 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.”

Dwight D Eisenhower (34th President of the United States of America)

Not many people have encapsulated the utter waste and moral bankruptcy of the proliferation of arms at the expense of solving social problems such as unemployment, poverty, hunger and the widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots.

If you think about it for even a moment what Eisenhower says about the proliferation of armaments at the expense of the societies which engage in the race.  War is theft and preparing for war is conspiracy to defraud the citizenry of the protagonists.  History is littered with the husks of great powers who rose to prominence on the back of the blood sweat and tears of their hardworking and self-sacrificing population only to impoverish and condemn them to a life of debt, squalor and unemployment because of their prosecution of foreign wars. Germany, France and now the United States with its deficit now in the trillions and rising, its economy in tatters and its people (for the most part) in need of hope and real reassurance that the light they see in the tunnel is not an oncoming train.

Wars have most recently been fought for political motives. Look at Korea, Vietnam and the Falklands never mind the ‘war on terror’. If you look at the human cost of the conflicts, the dead the wounded and maimed and the families left to pick up the pieces the morality of conducting war for political purposes is abhorrent enough but if you factor in the uncounted cost of the proliferation of arms required to build, feed and sustain the machinery of war that moral abhorrence must surely turn to disgust and outrage.

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