What is war?
War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means. — Carl von Clausewitz, On War
When people do not understand war, they confuse comedy with serious thinking.
We have women in the military, but they don’t put us in the front lines. They don’t know if we can fight, if we can kill. I think we can. All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, “You see the enemy over there? They say you look fat in those uniforms.” — Elayne Boosler quotes (American Comedian and Activist. b.1952)
When a people and their leaders understand the reality of war, they make stringent preparations for it. They do not let anyone’s feelings get in the way of what must done to protect their nation. When a people and their leaders do not understand the reality of war, war becomes just one more government jobs program — for a while.
What is war? Ask someone who has fought in one.
War is cruelty. There’s no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over. — William Tecumseh Sherman (American Civil War General and a major architect of modern warfare. 1820-1891)