In recognition that September 21 is the annual International Day of Peace, here are two quotes on peace from Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.”
“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 (October 14, 1890 to March 28, 1969)
These are only two of several notable quotes from Eisenhower on peace.
As a five star general, he led the Allied forces in the invasion of France and Germany in 1944 – 1945, and later became the 1st Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Eisenhower, a Republican, was the 34th President of the United States. As he left the office of the Presidency, he warned about the “military – industrial complex.”
[Source for quotes: The Little Book of Peace, edited by Patricia J. Chui (2001), pages 52 and 117. Source for dates and biographical information: partially personal knowledge and verified through use of Wikipedia, accessed August 7, 2010].
Something to think about…
Carolyn, thank you for your comment.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was a soldier’s soldier. After World War II he rose to political prominence in the Republican Party. He was elected President and then re-elected, so he served 8 years in the 1950’s.
So, what I’m getting at is Eisenhower had great credibility in speaking and writing about peace and justice.
In his farewell address Eisenhower warned Americans about the growing power of the “military-industrial complex.” I would add that the power of the military-industrial complex has increased over the decades and, in fact, has morphed into the military-industrial-corporate complex.
All the best, Andy
I would also add “media” to the complex list.
Media outlets – often corporately owned – have often been cheerleaders for war. For example, the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Peace to you and yours, Andy