Be skeptical of concepts that divorce war from its political nature, particularly those that promise fast, cheap victory through technology.

He is neither a strategist nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general. Other than that he’s a great military man.

I don’t think we can say should about things that happen in war. It just happens and we should live with it.

Frankly, I’d like to see the government get ouf of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

The question of suicide was even more problematic. There is no theological support for such an action in Islam; indeed, it is expressly prohibited. “Do not kill yourselves,” the Quran states. The hadith, or sayings of the Prophet, are replete with instances in which Mohammed condemns the action. The specific punishment for the suicide is to burn in hell and to be forever in act of dying by means of the same instrument that was used to take his life. Even was one of his bravest warriors was severely wounded in battle and hurled himself upon his own sword only to relieve his terrible suffering, Mohammed declared that he was damned. “A man may do the deeds of the people of the Fire while in fact he is one of the people of Paradise, and he may do the deeds of the people of Paradise when in fact he belongs to the people of Fire,” the Prophet observed. “Verify, (the rewards of) the deeds are decided by the last actions.”

In his defense of the bombing, Zawahiri had to overcome this profound taboo. The bombers who carried out the Islamabad operation, Zawahiri said, represent “a generation of mujahideen that has decided to sacrifice itself and its property in the cause of God. That is because the way of death and martyrdom is a weapon thaqt tyrants and their helpers, who worship their salaries instead of God, do not have.” He compared them to the martyrs of early Christianisty. The only example he could point to in Islamic tradition was that of a group of Muslims, early in the history of the faith, who were captured by “idolaters” and forced to choose between recanting their religion or being killed by their captors. They choose to become martrys to their beliefs.

It was, Zawahiri argued, a suicidal choice. Other Muslims did not condemn them at the time because they were acting for the glory of God and the greater good of Islam. Therefore, anyone who gives his life in pursuit of the true faith – such as the bombers in Islamabad – is to be regarded not as a suicide who will suffer the punishment in hell but as a heroic martyr whose selfless sacrifice will gain him an extraordinary reward in Paradise.

With such sophistry, Zawahiri reversed the language of the Prophet and opened the door to universal murder.

Nationalism had made the weak better able to resist the strong. Big powers easily pushed around local tribal and traditional leaders, most of whom did not command much loyalty from their subjects or many resources. But in the mid-twentieth century, peoples around the world increasingly sought and won their independence and the right to establish their own states. Formerly submissive peoples were increasingly prepared to sacrifice countless lives and do whatever necessary, and for however long it took, to win and maintain their independence.

Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret…is doubly dangerous.

It is better for aged diplomats to be bored than for young men to die.

These two are very young: one mustache is still sparse, one face is still blotchy.  Their youth is touching, but I know I can’t be deceived by it.  The young ones are often the most dangerous, the most fanatical, the jumpiest with their guns.  They haven’t yet learned about existence through time.  You have to go slowly with them.

Last week they shot a woman, right about here.  She was a Martha.  She was fumbling in her robe, for her pass, and they thought she was hunting for a bomb.  They thought she was a man in disguise.  There have been such incidents.

There was only one catch, and that was Catch-22 which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All her had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions nad same if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them then he was crazy and didn’t have to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed.

“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.

Without Longstreet and with little more than half as many men as an enemy that had initially outmaneuvered him, Lee had grasped the initiative, gone over to the attack, and had repeatedly divided and manuevered his forces in such a way as to give them superiority or equality of numbers at the point of attack. Like a rabbit mesmerized by the gray fox, Hooker was frozen into immobility and did not use half his power at any time in the battle.

Meeting resistance from Wheeler’s cavalry at some rain-swollen streams and rivers, the blue coats sent out flanking columns that waded through water up to their armpits, brushing aside alligators and snakes, and drove the rebels away…The Yankees built miles of bridges and crossed it. “I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it,” commented Hardee. Northward lapped the blue wave at a rate of nearly ten miles a day for forty-five days including skirmishing and fighting. Rain fell twenty-eight of these days, but this served to benefit South Carolina only slightly damping the style of Sherman’s arsonists. “When I learned that Sherman’s army was marching through the back swamps, making its own corduroy roads at the rate of a dozen miles a day,” said Joseph Johnston, “I made up my mind that there had been no such army in existence since the days of Julius Caesar.”

Men went mad and were rewarded with medals.