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As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.  Christopher Dawson

When A annoys or injures B on the pretense of saving or improving X, A is a scoundrel.  Henry Louis Mencken

Force is not a remedy.  John Bright

Battles are won by slaughter and manoeuvre.  The greater the general, the more he contributes in manoeuvre, the less he demands in slaughter....  Nearly all the battles which are regarded as the masterpieces of the military art ... have been battles of manoeuvre in which very often the enemy has found himself defeated by some novel expedient or device, some queer, swift, unexpected thrust or stratagem.  In such battles the losses of the victors have been small.  There is required for the composition of a great commander not only massive common sense and reasoning power, not only imagination, but also an element of legerdemain, an original and sinister touch, which leaves the enemy puzzled as well as beaten....  There are many kinds of manoeuvres in war, some only of which take place upon the battlefield.  There are manoeuvres far to the flank or the rear.  There are manoeuvres in time, in diplomacy, in mechanics, in psychology; all of which are removed from the battlefield, but react often decisively upon it, and the object of all is to find easier ways, other than sheer slaughter, of achieving the main purpose.  Winston Churchill

There has never been a war yet which, if the facts had been put calmly before the ordinary folk, could not have been prevented.  The common man is the greatest protection against war.  Ernest Bevin

A phrase has spread from civilians to soldiers and back again: "This is a phony war."  Édouard Daladier