Quote of the Day

The surest way to prevent war is not to fear it.


John Randolph 05MAR1806

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Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.
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14 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. Popular Front says:

    Nope, that’s not it. The surest way to prevent war is to be so well armed, trained and motivated that everybody else fears YOU.

  2. Uriel says:

    Lol Popular. We have a saying here walk tall but carry a big stick. If you know with confidence that you can fight and know that the pain of a fight is generally not the end of life then you are able to walk tall with confidence. I have known some people I would hate to fight against simply because they are quiet about being prepared but confidence shows in their look and stance. Those that are cocky or mouthy rarely seem able to follow through.

    • Uriel says:

      It isn’t the weapon it’s the preparedness and confidence

      • Wetzel says:

        Yes, but let’s qualify that a bit. If you’re prepared, you’ve got the weapon. Sometimes it’s words, A club, knife, gun, etc. Confidence comes with knowing the weapon, having the ability to use it skillfully, Above all, having the willingness to use it.

    • Popular Front says:

      So true Uriel. In my 30 years service and much combat I was pleasantly surprised with quiet men who turned into ferocious warriors when the time came and at the same time unsurprised with some braggarts and blowhards who turned out to be totally useless on the field, including one officer who lost it completely and ran away during a firefight, after leading his boys into an ambush he was warned against.

  3. vonmesser says:

    Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus’s tract De Re Militari (450AD(?) said: Si vis pacem, para bellum – If you would have peace, prepare for war. This is where the parabellum of 9mm parabellum comes from. So even the Romans believed in being prepared (and not afraid) of/for war.

  4. Hardnox says:

    This is the language that bad actors understand. Pacifism has never prevented war.

  5. Uriel says:

    I knew many older generation even as a young one who to the day they passed on never bragged or recounted their times but simply took up their places and soldiered on adjusting as needed. They neither required nor wanted recognition but to the last person would have picked up a rifle to defend country and family on the day they passed.

    • Terry says:

      That’s fact Uriel. The ones telling the most war stories were usually the file clerks. The ones who saw the most horrific acts seldom speak of them. It’s not something a person wants to recount in their mind repeatedly. But there is a look in their eyes that says volumes.