Monday, April 27, 2009

The Wisdom of Dwight D. Eisenhower - The General Who Hated War

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army - serving as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during the Second World War. He was elected as the thirty-fourth President of the United States in 1952, and remained in office until 1961.

Having seen the devastation of war first hand, Eisenhower came both to despise war and to see that "war settles nothing." On the other hand, Ike was certainly no peacenik. He understood that, in an emergency, violence must be met with violence - never hate with hate, but when truly necessary, action with reaction.

Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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


History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower


I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower


I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower


In the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower


May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower


There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower


'Worry' is a word that I don't allow myself to use.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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