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Friday, June 23, 2006

I Like Ike

Someone chalked this quote on the dining hall blackboard.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in a final sense a theft from those who are hungry and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed." --Dwight Eisenhower.

I find it of interest because of the author, someone who used the materiel of which he describes as theft, the arms used to halt an evil regime that dealt in death. But nevertheless, I believe he is right on target, for the manufacture of armament becomes an industry in itself, regardless of real or perceived threat, for once the 'machines' begin to roll and the profits begin generating, and many ordinary folks become dependent on this vocation, the 'machine' cannot easily be halted.

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