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Jewish World Review Feb. 27, 2003 / 25 Adar I 5763

Bill Tammeus

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War has long come naturally to humankind | War. It's what men -- and even women -- do.

The Persian Gulf War. The Vietnam War. The Korean War (33,667 American military battle deaths, 140,200 total American military casualties.)

"To overcome in battle, and subdue/Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite/Man-slaughter, shall be held the highest pitch/Of human glory." - John Milton.

World War I. World War II.

"Now G-d be thanked who matched us with this hour." - poet Rupert Brooke as World War I began.

"There died a myriad/And of the best among them,/For an old bitch gone in the teeth,/For a botched civilization." - poet Ezra Pound after World War I.

The Spanish-American War. The American Civil War (140,415 Union soldiers and 74,524 Confederate soldiers dead).

"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular." - Oscar Wilde.

The Mexican War. The War of 1812. The Revolutionary War (4,435 American battle deaths, 10,623 total American military casualties). The Great Northern War. The War of English Succession. The War of the Grand Alliance. The Russo-Turkish War. The Ottoman Wars. The Danish-Swedish War (1643-45). The Danish-Swedish War (1657-59). The Anglo-Dutch War.

"War is the trade of kings." - poet John Dryden.

The Polish-Cossack War. The Polish-Swedish War. The Wars of the Fronde, or French Civil Wars (1648-52). The French and Indian War. "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet." - Jesus, quoted in the Gospel of Matthew.

The English Civil Wars. The Wars of Louis XIV. The Thirty Years' War. The Hundred Years' War.

"Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition." - Chaplain Howell M. Forgy at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

The Persian Wars. The India-Pakistan War (1947-48). The India-Pakistan War (1965). The India-Pakistan War (1971). The Napoleonic Wars.

"So long as mankind shall continue to lavish more praise upon its destroyers than upon its benefactors, war shall remain the chief pursuit of ambitious minds." - author Edward Gibbon.

The French Revolution. The Russo-Chechen War. The Haitian Revolution. The Battle of Kosovo.

War. It's what men - and even women - do.

The Cold War. The Spanish War on Revolutionary France. The Falklands War. The Crimean War. The Boxer Rebellion. "War is the greatest plague that can afflict mankind. ... Any scourge is preferable to it." - Martin Luther.

The War of the Roses. The Battle of Jericho. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The War of Austrian Succession. The Punic Wars.

"It (war) is all hell. ... I look upon war with horror." - Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman.

The First Kaffir War. The Second Kaffir War. The Third Kaffir War. The Fourth Kaffir War. The Fifth Kaffir War. The Sixth Kaffir War. The Seventh Kaffir War. The Eighth Kaffir War. The Ninth Kaffir War.

"The great force for forging a society into a solid mass has always been war." - economist William Graham Sumner.

The First Matabele War. The Zulu War. The Boer War. The Basuto Wars. The Transvaal War.

"In war there are no winners." - Neville Chamberlain, who failed to understand that sometimes "peace in our time" produces no winners, either.

The Afghan Civil War. The Cambodian Civil War. The Laotian Civil War. The First Sudanese Civil War. The Second Sudanese Civil War. The Somali Civil War. The Ogaden War.

"It is simply not true that war never settles anything." - Justice Felix Frankfurter.

The Eritrean War of Independence. The Second Eritrea-Ethiopia War. The Algerian War of Independence. The Six-Day War. The Yom Kippur War. The Saharan War. The Algerian-Moroccan Border War. The Egypt-Libya War. The Rwandan Civil War. The Burundian Civil War. The Congo Civil War.

"War ought to be the only study of a prince." - Niccolo Machiavelli.

Ought to be? When hasn't it been?

War. It's what men -- and even women -- do.

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