Wondering about wild grapes

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wondering about ways to win a war.

War is Hell!!!  No truer statement has ever been spoken.  Reasons for war are many and varied.  Some are very clear cut reasons and some are a little fuzzy.  I hate war, but some times it is necessary.  So, what does a look back in history tell us about the value of war?  Is it worth all the death and destruction?  I would imagine that these questions have been asked as far back as the beginning of the human race.  The answers would be varied and both the yeas and nays would have good reasons for their answers.

I found three quotes from three different periods of history that, to me, seemed to describe just how unnecessary and stupid war really is.  But I must add that there are times, when all else fails, that we need to go to war.  Here are the quotes.  I will start with the oldest one first:

"In order to win the city, it was necessary to demolish it."

The above quote was by Conquistador Juan Rodriguez de Escabar talking about the destruction of the Aztec capital city, 1521.

"It became necessary to destroy the town in order to save it."

Attributed to an American Army major explaining the bombing and shelling of Ben Tre, South Vietnam, on Feb. 8, 1968.

"We sure liberated the hell out of this place."

An American soldier in the ruins of a French village in 1944.

Why can't we all learn to live together in peace?  Until that time my government and I will stay heavily armed!

It is a cloudy morning around here but that shouldn't keep me from having a "sunny" day.  You all have a great day, too, you hear?


  1. War is the one game that you have to play if the other guy wants to.

    1. Rob, and it is best to win, also.

    2. The only wars we've ever taken part in that I agree were justified were the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. Why should we go to war just because Churchill or Netanyahu or the like try to involve us in their wars.

    3. There are no good reasons to go to war, just good excuses. But if we go to war, we should go to win and win quickly.