This is Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, so the timeliness of the column is clear -- remembering the war dead at least a little bit. Laforge's column is far better than my own though I am happy to be in somewhat the same ballpark.
Among the quotes LaForge includes in his column are these:
-- “I don’t want people who have a financial stake in crisis and tensions to have a voice in national policy.” -- WWII D-Day commander and former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
-- “War is at best barbarism… Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” -- Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
How I wish sometimes that this stupid blog were not constantly preaching to a too-agreeable choir!