"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice—is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other."
--John Stuart Mill
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."
--Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr
All politcs aside, I have one personal statement to make in the light of the ongoing debacle in the Middle East.
With all my heart, I hope for the safe return home of our men and women from war. Each and everyone there is someone back home's loved one; a son, a daughter, a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a friend, a husband, a wife, a lover.