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Comment#  ·   Fair (610 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.

Hans A. Bethe, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (1221 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others' pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Law and Politics and War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (973 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Cannon: An instrument used in the rectification of national boundaries.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (427 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Coward: one who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.

Ambrose Bierce, in Vice and Virtue and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (1115 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Riot: A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (269 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

War is menstruation envy.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (895 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 by Gord Weitzel

When elephants fight, only the grass gets hurt.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (284 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When you've seen one nuclear war, you've seen them all.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (284 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Why bother building any more nuclear warheads until we've used the ones we have?

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (672 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Always remember your weapons system was made by the lowest bidder

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (278 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It seems like the less a statesman amounts to, the more he loves the flag.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (303 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Join the Army: travel to exotic distant lands, meet exciting, unusual people and kill them.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (303 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Katz' Law: Man and nations will act rationally when all other possibilities have been exhausted.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Conquering Russia should be done steppe by steppe.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (270 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Draft beer, not people.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (299 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is impossible to defend perfectly against the attack of those who want to die.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (1236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What a strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

Unknown, (W.O.P.R. computer in War Games), in Success and Failure and War and Peace

War Games (VHS (NTSC))

Comment#  ·   Fair (246 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A nuclear war can ruin your whole day.

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (675 ratings)  ·  submitted (updated 29 May)

Always remember your weapons system was made by the lowest bidder

Unknown, in War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (968 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999  · 

All warfare is based on deception.

Sun Tzu, The Art Of War, in War and Peace

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