Only The Dead

29sold1901“I don’t know if this war is worth the life of Terry Lisk, or 10 soldiers, or 2,500 soldiers like him. What I do know is that he did not die alone. He was surrounded by friends.” ~ Colonel Sean MacFarland, Commander, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War by Manuel Valenzuela.

“Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War” is often attributed to Plato although no one has found it in his dialogues. General Douglas MacArthur attributed it to Plato in his farewell address to the cadets at West Point in May 1962. The quote also appears on the wall of the Imperial War Museum in London and is attributed to Plato. A section of George Santayana’s Soliloquies in England (Scribners, 1924, p. 102), Soliloquy #25, “Tipperary”, reads: “Yet the poor fellows think they are safe! They think that the war is over! Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Santayana does not attribute the saying to Plato, or anybody else for that matter.

When are we going to stop sacrificing our sons and daughters for the vanity and glory of politicians? The war in Iraq has nothing to do with freedom, not Iraqi freedom, and certainly not American freedom. Indeed, since we invaded Iraq, our freedom here in America is being eroded on a daily basis as the Administration dismantles the United States Constitution bit by bit. They say it’s in the interest of national security, because we are at war. How can this be? Congress has not issued a declaration of war. Just because the President declares there is a war, doesn’t make it so.

Who declared war and on whom was it declared? If my recollections from my history and government classes serve me correctly, only Congress can declare war. Just what nation are we allegedly fighting this war against? Terrorism is a concept, a means to a political end, not a sovereign nation.

Since Congress has not issued a declaration of war, Bush is not a war time President and his administration’s curtailment of Constitutional guarantees and civil liberties, must therefore, be unlawful.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.