February 10, 2009
…Thank you for coming on our program today (Enthusiastic applause – followed by a brief pause)
Given the state of things Thomas would you mind sharing your opinions with our audience.
“The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.”
“I love peace, and am anxious that we should give the world still another useful lesson, by showing to them other modes of punishing injuries than by war, which is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.”
“Having seen the people of all other nations bowed down to the earth under the wars and prodigalities of their rulers, I have cherished their opposites, peace, economy, and riddance of public debt, believing that these were the high road to public as well as private prosperity and happiness.”
“I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.”
Thank you ladies and gentlemen that was Thomas Jefferson!
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“After much occasion to consider the folly and mischiefs of a state of warfare, and the little or no advantage obtained even by those nations who have conducted it with the most success, I have been apt to think that there has never been, or ever will be, any such thing as a good war, or a bad peace.”
Benjamin Franklin to Jonathan Shipley, June 10, 1782