The first casualty when war comes is truth…

It is not only the living who are killed in war.

Isaac Asimov (1920 โ€“ 1992)

War is cruelty, and none can make it gentle.

Gilbert Parker (1862 โ€“ 1932)

In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

Winston Churchill (1874 โ€“ 1965)

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

David Friedman (b. 1958)

War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.

Antoine de Saint-Exupรฉry (1900 โ€“ 1944)

The first casualty when war comes is truth.

Hiram Johnson (1866 โ€“ 1945)

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.

Ernest Hemingway (1899 โ€“ 1961)

War is fear cloaked in courage.

-William Westmoreland (1914 โ€“ 2005)

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

George Orwell (1903 โ€“ 1950)

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 โ€“ 1822)

48 thoughts on “The first casualty when war comes is truth…”

  1. I was going to ask the same,,,glad you are all reunited and safe David, As the iconic and understated slogan of the 1960’s, my mother marched to said,”War is not healthy for children and other living things”

    1. thankfully, my wife returned home safely late last night! our daughter was so agitated until her mother returned that she simply couldn’t fall asleep… we were all relieved to be reunited ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for asking, Harshi.

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