Jan 25, 2007

The Quote Shelf

A frequent feature on this site; feel free to comment on the quote or to supply a competing quote.

In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.
--Leo Tolstoy

1 comment:

elektratig said...

Are there no good wars? I guess the colonies should not have revolted from Britain, and the North should have let the South go in peace in 1861. The quote also fails to draw a clear distinction between "offensive" and "defensive" wars. Presumably, Poland was permitted to defend itself in 1939, no?