Sunday, June 20, 2010

How much is one Trillion?

Paul Nash, (1889 – 1946) Ruined Country;

1 Trillion Dollars for Wars, does it make Sense?

What is $1 trillion really worth? - If you made a million dollars a year, it would take you a million years to earn $1 trillion.

"War: a massacre of people who don't know each other for the profit of people who know each other" Paul Valery; French poet, essayist and critic, 1871-1945

"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do." : Samuel P. Huntington

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions": Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Anglo-Irish essayist, journalist

"The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.": Georges Bernanos

Conquered states that have been accustomed to liberty and the government of their own laws can be held by the conqueror in three different ways. The first is to ruin them; the second, for the conqueror to go and reside there in person; and the third is to allow them to continue to live under their own laws, subject to a regular tribute, and to create in them a government of a few, who will keep the country friendly to the conqueror: Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

If their criminality is able to manifest in a perfect form then they are capable of dominating countries and nations.' - Socrates in Plato's Republic

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear: Cicero Marcus Tullius - Born on January 3, 106 BC and was murdered on December 7, 43 BC.

1 comment:

Denise said...

Powerful quotes Arija. I am going to go and read them again.