West Point Graduates Against The War


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West Point Graduates Against The War

 

 

 

  support From Some Old Grads

 

 


 

Robert E. Lee, Class of 1829

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York  

“It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it.”

 “What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.”  


 

William T. Sherman, Class of 1840

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York

“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”

  “I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.”   


 

Ulysses S. Grant, Class of 1843

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York

“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.” 

Let us have peace.   


 

Douglas MacArthur, Class of 1903

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York

 “The powers in charge kept us in a perpetual state of fear –  kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor –  with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.”

 “Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear.”


 

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Class of 1915

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York 

“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, 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.

 “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.” 

 “If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.”

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

 “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” 

“If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They’ll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.” 


 

Omar N. Bradley, Class of 1915

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York

 “Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.”

 “Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead.”

 “With the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents.”


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