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We are not at war with Egypt. We are in an armed conflict. Anthony Eden
You don't spread democracy through the barrel of a gun. Helen Thomas
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. Denis Diderot
Fear–fear of war, fear of invasion, fear of plague and famine, that make it simply not worthwhile constructing things, or planting trees, or even planting next year's crops... Kenneth Clark
The Crusaders who slaughtered their way to Jerusalem in 1099 were as Christian as the Christians of the Renaissance and of today. Hisham Melhem
It has become a sort of by-word among the common people here that the two Russian Generals who have conquered Napoleon and all his Marshalls are General Famine and Genera Frost.. John Quincy Adams
... even political opponents of evil governments show little gratitude for American invasion to modernize them.. William Easterly
When I look at Ukraine, Putin, an ex KGB officer is using the playbook of the Cold War. He isn't going to try and grab the western part; he's going to maximize his influence, the way we would have done in Chile. That is buying political power, getting agents, influencing the propaganda piece, and increasing intimidation for the east. It's a classic playbook. Jack Devine
America responded to the 9-11 attacks by invading Iraq, only to discover that Saddam Hussein had palaces of mass luxury, not weapons of mass destruction. David Rothkopf
By linking these countries together in his 'axis of evil' speech, President Bush implied an identity between them not only in terms of their threat, but also in terms of the action necessary to deal with the threat. A lot of work will now need to be done to delink the three, and to show why military action against Iraq is so much more justified than against Iran and North Korea. Jack Straw
The idea that this country may acquire territories anywhere upon the earth, by conquest or treaty, and hold them as mere colonies or provinces, the people inhabiting them to enjoy only such rights as Congress accords them, is wholly inconsistent with the spirit and genius as well as with the words of the Constitution John Marshall Harlan
Much as I lament the fate of these misguided men, it was not to be expected that the Natives of the countries adjacent to the Colony would suffer themselves to be overrun by those invaders. Grant Charles; 1st Baron Glenelg
The British nation will never consent either to allow the emigrants, to perish from want or the sword, or to permit them to attack and slaughter the natives of the countries they invade. George Thomas Napier
The same motives have, in all ages, compelled the strong to encroach on the weak, and the powerful and unprincipled to wrest by force or fraud, from the comparatively feeble and defenseless, wealth or property or dominion, richer pastures, more numerous herds, and a wider range of territory—opportunities for uncontrolled self—indulgence and freedom from the restraints of law and settled society. Grant Charles; 1st Baron Glenelg
Military intervention for disarmament is the worst possible way to do it. There are times when perhaps that is the only alternative we have… in the case of the first Gulf war -- Desert Storm -- that it was the UN inspectors -- in the years after the war -- that destroyed far more weapons and far more effectively dismantled the programs for weapons of mass destruction, than that vast armada of military forces that was utilized in Desert Storm. And of course, when the UN inspectors did it -- when under UN supervision, the Iraqis destroyed these weapons themselves -- or the UN destroyed them with Iraqi cooperation -- you do not have the same kind of side effects and toxic release and other things that happened in some cases during the war. Trying to get rid of programs of concern and weapons of concern by violence is a very bad and dangerous way to do it. Greg Thielmann
There is a systematic plan of destruction of Turkish villages and extinction of the Moslem population. Inter-Allied Commission of Enquiry
The malignity and inhumanity of the Greek military authorities are undisguised. Arnold J. Toynbee
You can’t undo a thousand years of history by sending military troops into a country. Brian Schweitzer
What would happen if we withdrew? Anarchy and confusion. David Lloyd George
The blood of the infidels flowed so copiously at Thanesar that the stream was discoloured, notwithstanding its purity, and people were unable to drink it. The Sultan returned with plunder which is impossible to count. Tarikh-i-Yamini of Utbi
We're not going to spread democracy at the business end of a M16 held by a 23 year old Marine. Paul Hackett
They’re invading. Tom Tancredo
We say we are in Mesopotamia to develop it for the benefit of the world… How long will we permit millions of pounds, thousands of Imperial troops, and tens of thousands of Arabs to be sacrificed on the behalf of colonial administration which can benefit nobody but its administration? Joel Rayburn
It appears that Hawaii was taken possession of by the United States forces without the consent or wish of the government of the islands, or of anybody else so far as shown, except the United States Minister�. The provisional government owes its existence to an armed invasion by the United States. Fair-minded people with the evidence before them will hardly claim that the Hawaiian Government was overthrown by the people of the islands or that the provisional government had ever existed with their consent�. By an act of war, committed with the participation of a diplomatic representative of the United States and without authority of Congress, the Government of a feeble but friendly and confiding people has been overthrown. A substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair. Grover Cleveland
… the first armed aggression which the world has seen since the end of the war. Trygve Lie
Perhaps we have acted too hastily. … it may have been unwise for us to send an army into Smyrna, but now that the army is there, it would be more unwise to withdraw it -- to do so would admit military failure and court political defeat. Eleutherios Venizelos
Failure to subject the project, especially in its latter frenzied stages, to a cold and objective appraisal by the best operating talent available, particularly by those not involved in the operation Failure to advise the president, at an appropriate time, that success had become dubious and to recommend that the operation be therefore canceled Failure to recognize that the project had become overt and that the military effort had become too large to be handled by the agency alone Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Jr.
If you go into a country, then you’re going to have to do something about it, and that is hard–harder than invading. George P. Shultz
Death to the Mongols Anonymous
Our soldiers fled the battle field as if mad … they threw down their rifles to avoid emasculation. Oreste Baratieri
Lord, if only I could have talked with Hitler, all this might have been avoided. William E. Borah
This will not stand! George W. Bush
Anyone who takes the first step without planning the last step should not be allowed in the counsels of war. Carl von Clausewitz
No, but the Germans have been to France twice in my lifetime. Georges Clemenceau
The civilians were being prepared to fight. The civilians were being told how to sharpen bamboo sticks and go at American soldiers sacrificing themselves. The greatest thing a Japanese could do was to give his life for the sake of the Emperor. George Elsey
We appeal to our august ally, Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain …. In our hour of dire distress we implore the Great Powers to interpose their friendly offices on our behalf. Muhammed es-Sadok
We were overjoyed that somebody at last was visiting destruction upon the Japanese—that we were really paying them off. There was an immense delight in the revenge we were perceiving there. We were very excited about that, and we stayed up all night talking about the possibility, wondering about whether we might not actually have to invade Japan and not all be killed. Paul Fussell
To take by force any place in possession of another nation, whatever our claim to that place might be, is war. Albert Gallatin
You will be emancipated from tyranny and oppression … William Hull
By the Eternal, they shall not sleep on our soil. Andrew Jackson
The acquisition of Canada this year … will be a mere matter of marching and will give us experience for the attack on Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent. Thomas Jefferson
Such recognition is not necessary in order to enable the United States to intervene and pacify the Island. William McKinley
God, in his bounty, has struck down my enemies and enlarged my empire and preserved me to this day. I have reigned by the grace of God. As we must all die sometime, I will not be afflicted when I die. Enemies have come who would ruin our country … They have passed beyond the sea which God gave us as a frontier … With God’s help I will get rid of them. Menelik II
Our purpose is not to interfere with the laws and customs which are beneficial to your people. Nelson A. Miles
I’d rather eat French shit for two years than Chinese shit forever. Nguyen Ai Quoc; Ho Chi Minh
I couldn’t believe that this could happen in the Arab world. Hosni Mubarak
Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion … and you allow him to make war at pleasure. … If today he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may see no probability he would say to you, “Be silent!, I see if you don’t.” Abraham Lincoln
I can assure you that this flag will be returned to this brigade in a free Havana. John F. Kennedy
The best soldiers are not warlike Chinese Proverb
South Carolina is a weak frontier colony, and in case of invasion by the French would be their first object of attack. We have not much to fear, however, while we retain the affection of the Indians around us; but should we forfeit that by any mismanagement on our part, or by the superior address of the French, we are in a miserable situation. The Cherokees alone have several thousand gunmen well acquainted with every inch of the province … their country is the key to Carolina James Glen
We are but a handful of people spread over a widely extended Country, We are surrounded with Indians much more numerous than us, much more accustomed to the use of Arms, Warr being their trade from their Youth up. James Glen
I know you are a rich and great king. You have plenty of soldiers and govern a big country yourself. Therefore it is difficult for you to subject yourself to me voluntarily. Still, it would be better if you swore fealty to me … You who live in houses, who have castles and towns, how will you escape me? Genghis Khan
You simply cannot conquer a people who don’t want to be conquered Jim Winkler
The Senate is rushing to vote on whether to declare war on Iraq without pausing to ask why. Why is war being dealt with not as a last resort but as a first resort? Robert Byrd
Militaries, like all big organizations, tend to do what they know how to do rather than what they might need to do differently to address the situation they face Thomas E. Ricks
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. Noah Webster
The historical phase of India began with the Muslim invasion. Muslims were India's first historians. Gustave Le Bon
The Patriot Act is the most egregious piece of legislation to ever leave Congress since the Alien and Sedition Acts. John Ashcroft and every member of Congress who voted for it should be indicted. Michael Badnarik
The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. Maximilien Robespierre
A state under aerial bombardment need only survive until the bombardment stops. A state under occupation … risks never regaining control of its territory. Frederick W. Kagan
While everybody was tremendously impressed with the low cost of the conflict, for the 146 Americans who were killed in action and for their families, it wasn't a cheap war. And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many Dick Cheney
The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent; and in their property, rights, and liberty they never shall be invaded or disturbed unless in just and lawful wars authorized by Congress; but laws founded in justice and humanity shall, from time to time, be made, for preventing wrongs being done to them, and for preserving peace and friendship with them. United States
I have, for many years past, contemplated the noble races of red men who are now spread over these trackless forests and boundless prairies, melting away at the approach of civilization. Their rights invaded, their morals corrupted, their lands wrested from them, their customs changed, and therefore lost to the world; and they at last sunk into the earth, and the ploughshare turning the sod over their graves, and I have flown to their rescue--not of their lives or of their race (for they are "doomed" and must perish), but to the rescue of their looks and their modes, at which the acquisitive world may hurl their poison and every besom of destruction, and trample them down and crush them to death George Catlin
Thou dost desire to enter into the island of Ireland, in order to subject the people to the laws and to extirpate the vices that have there taken root, and that thou art willing to pay an annual pension to St. Peter of one penny from every house, and to preserve the rights of the churches in that land inviolate and entire. We, therefore, … are well pleased that, for the enlargement of the bounds of the church. for the restraint of vice, for the correction of morals and the introduction of virtues, for the advancement of the Christian religion, thou shouldst enter that island, and carry out there the things that look to the honour of God and to its own salvation. And may the people of that land receive thee with honour, and venerate thee as their master; Adrian IV
In certain portions of the South there are expeditions forming for the purpose of sailing to San Domingo, and of conquering that island; and in other parts, expeditions are forming for a descent on the Island of Cuba; and others are looking to the acquisition of Mexico, with the ultimate creation of a new republic, commencing with Virginia at the North, and embracing San Domingo, Cuba, and Mexico up to Central America. All these wild measures, to our certain knowledge, are embraced more or less by certain parties now in Washington, and scattered over the South. New York Herald
Egypt was not longer the empire of the Ptolemies, covered with populous and wealthy cities; it now presented one unvaried scene of devastation and misery. Instead of being aided by the inhabitants … we found all against us …. No Frenchman was secure of his life who happened to stray half a mile … Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
I find much excitement among the Indians in consequence of the whites settling and taking possession of their country, driving off and killing their game and in some instances driving off the Indians themselves. The greatest complaint on this score is against the Mormons. They seem not to be satisfied with taking possession of the valley of the Great Salt Lake, but are making arrangements to settle the rich valleys and best lands in the territory. This creates much dissatisfaction among the Indians and excites them to acts of revenge. They attack immigrants, plunder and commit murder whenever they find a party weak enough to enable them to do so, thereby making the innocent suffer for the injuries done by others. Jacob H. Holeman
Looking back upon the memories of the last 50 years. I perceive how calamities from within and aggression from without have come upon us in relentless succession, and that my life had never engaged a moment's respite from anxiety. Tzu-Hsi
I am very pleased to see Blair leaving 10 Downing Street. Really, this man caused the greatest humiliation to the Arabs and Muslims, besides George W. Bush – and maybe even more than him. He is the only one in the Western world who supported Bush's wars in the Arab region. It was Tony Blair who encouraged the Americans to invade Iraq, and to wage the current war in it. This man employed lies, deceit, and deception… How can you reward this man by appointing him envoy to the Middle East? It is like a criminal who returns to the scene of the crime. You are sending Blair back to the scene of his crime. Abd Al-Bari Atwan
In beloved Iraq, blood is flowing between brothers, in the shadow of an illegitimate foreign occupation. Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud; Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Every nation is a band of robbers, who prey without restraint, or remorse, on their neighbors. Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
It is absurd to believe in the possibility of perpetual peace...Fascist education must be education for battle. Achille Starace
I have sent my Death’s Head units to the East with the order to kill without mercy men, women and children of the Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the Lebensraum that we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians? Adolf Hitler
The glory of the nation you love is a desirable end,-but generally to be obtained at your neighbor's expense. John Maynard Keynes
There is no point in resistance until the Americans arrive. Andre Maurois
The West interfered into Japan’s affairs …and managed to save Japan from tyranny. Today, Japan is regarded as a model of democracy, of liberties and all the advantages that the West has produced. Ibrahim Buleihi
We had Iraq contained. They couldn’t hurt their neighbors; they couldn’t hurt us. They would fire at our planes now and then but they never hit anything. They were not involved in 9-11. I advised that a small force could take Iraq, but it would take a huge force to prevent the Sunnies and the Shiites from killing each other….I told that to the Joint Chiefs, but I don’t think they were consulted. The President made the decision. Henry Hugh Shelton
Vice President Cheney really knew how to bring out the cowboy in George W, Bush. Lawrence Wilkerson
Are you going to take care of this guy or not? Dick Cheney
The natural advantages that the Arabs had in the abovementioned battles exist also for the Tel-Aviv road. They can gather a force of thousands of fighters who will decide the battle by sheer quantity of firepower and by blocking the escape routes for people and vehicles. The forces at our command will not be sufficient to withstand an attack of this force, and if there is no change in the power balance the road may be cut off in the next few days. Yitzhak Levi
The orgy of thieving in Iraq has more to do with the character of the people than the absence of restraining troops. And to think that good, decent, law-abiding young British and American men and women laid down their lives to liberate this thieving mob. Robert Kilroy-Silk
It’s going to prove to be one of the greatest blunders any American President has ever made. Jimmy Carter
If you recognize the right of every nation to construe for itself what is aggressive war and what is defensive war, you have not accomplished much by agreeing to renounce war. Joseph Taylor Robinson
We make everyone get into his house by seven p.m., and we only tell a man once. If he refuses, we shoot him. We killed over 300 natives the first night. They tried to set the town on fire. If they fire a shot from the house we burn the house down and every house near it, and shoot the natives, so they are pretty quiet in town now. Sam Gillis
I am constrained to advert to the refusal of the governors of Maine and Connecticut to furnish the required detachments of militia toward the defense of the maritime frontier…. It is obvious that if the authority of the United States to call into service and command the militia for the public defense can be thus frustrated, even in a state of declared war and of course under apprehensions of invasion preceding war, they are not one nation. James Madison
Now it’s too late! William E. Dodd
It is meaningless to talk about the holy war as only defensive, otherwise, what did the Prophet mean when he said, "from now on even if they don’t invade you, you must invade them. Sa’id Ramadan Al-Buti
If they want to come, let them come. We will give them a battle! Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri Castelli
The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. Maximilien Robespierre
I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons in any other land. Mark Twain
Lebensraum Karl Househoffer
Land has lost its original strategic value; military forces are no longer employed primarily to conquer land, but to ensure stable economic, energy and information flows, which constitute the true resources, along with the natural resource Corrado Maria Daclon
Freedom this year is freedom for ever! Japan
I will leave the beach a hero or a corpse. George S. Patton
We have killed ½ million Japs, and we have only faced ten percent of their army. They don’t give up. We have to fight the other ninety percent and they won’t give up. Movietone News
The concept of Blood and Soil gives us the moral right to take back as much land in the East as is necessary to establish a harmony between the body of our Volk and the geopolitical space. Richard Walther Darré
Keep Calm And Carry On England
We civilizations now know ourselves mortal. Paul Valery
I can say with confidence that we will be able to destroy the major part of an invading force. Yoshijiro Umezu
Aggression is simply another name for government. Aggression, invasion, government, are interconvertible terms. The essence of government is control, or the attempt to control. He who attempts to control another is a governor, an aggressor, an invader; and the nature of such invasion is not changed, whether it is made by one man upon another man, after the manner of the ordinary criminal, or by one man upon all other men, after the manner of an absolute monarch, or by all other men upon one man, after the manner of a modern democracy. Benjamin Tucker
Prison of the nations Anonymous
The government assures the people that they are in danger from the invasion of another nation, or from foes in their midst, and that the only way to escape this danger is by the slavish obedience of the people to their government. This fact is seen most prominently during revolutions and dictatorships, but it exists always and everywhere that the power of the government exists. Leo Tolstoy
The moment the first American soldier sets foot on the Japanese mainland, all prisoners of war will be shot. Hideki Tojo
The Americans want us to continue fighting but not to win, just to bleed the Russians Ismael Khan
The occupation of Iraq is completely self-perpetuating: The worse things get the more we are obliged to stay. And the longer we stay the worse things get. Andrew Sullivan
Civilizations die from suicide, not murder Arnold J. Toynbee
Warsaw is burning. Warsaw is fighting its enemy in this last mortal battle. All the promises let us down, the help did not arrive. Lack of food and lack of potable water paralyzes and weakens. Yet we fight: with the enemy, with the fire and with the epidemics. Everyone is fighting. Whole city is tied in this mortal struggle. You send us letters of compliments and best wishes from London and Paris. We don't want wishes any more, nor do we await your help. It's too late for help. Before it arrives there will be only rubble here, a corpses-covered, leveled terrain. What we await is revenge. We expect that you will start fighting one day, just like Warsaw is… A day will come when Berlin will be set on flames, when German women and children will die just like ours are dying. I hope all of you will understand then that there is God's justice. Stefan Starzyński
We do not want a single foot of foreign territory; but of our territory we shall not surrender a single inch to anyone. Joseph Stalin
It is time to realize that neither socialism, nor friendship, nor good-neighborliness, nor respect can be produced by bayonets, tanks or blood Eduard Shevardnadze
We have decided to bring to an end the most unequal, most unjust, most barbarous war of our age, and have chosen the road to exile in order that our people will not be exterminated and in order to consecrate ourselves wholly and in peace to the preservation of our empire's independence ... we now demand that the League of Nations should continue its efforts to secure respect for the covenant, and that it should decide not to recognize territorial extensions, or the exercise of an assumed sovereignty, resulting from the illegal recourse to armed force and to numerous other violations of international agreements. Haile Selassie
Twenty-seven years ago, as Emperor of Ethiopia, I mounted the rostrum in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the League of Nations and to appeal for relief from the destruction which had been unleashed against my defenseless nation, by the Fascist invader. I spoke then both to and for the conscience of the world. My words went unheeded, but history testifies to the accuracy of the warning that I gave in 1936. Haile Selassie
Colonies are necessary to Germany. We shall get them through negotiation if possible; but if not, we shall take them. Hjalmar Schacht
Westerners and Muslims don't agree on the basics of social order and don't want to live under the same rules. That shouldn't be a problem because that's what separate countries are for. We should stop occupying their countries and stop letting them move to ours. Steven Ernest Sailer
Occupation leads to alienation. Mark Shields
I will assemble a mighty host, and, invading the country of the great Ming, I will fill with the hoar frost from my sword the whole sky over the four hundred provinces Toyotomi Hideyoshi
America was founded by men who understood that the threat of domestic tyranny is as great as any threat from abroad Ronald E. Paul
Given this background, we had no choice about the necessity of using the bomb. Robert Serber
Opposing the U.N opposition to the American Invasion of Iraq was our finest hour. It was a war which, in my opinion, was illegal. Kofi Annan
Iraq is an unjust war. I thought then, and I think now, that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and unjust. And I think the premises on which it was launched were false. Jimmy Carter
No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand…. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free. J. Michael Straczynski
The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent; and, in their property, rights, and liberty, they shall never be invaded or disturbed, unless in just and lawful wars authorized by Congress; but laws founded in justice and humanity, shall from time to time be made for preventing wrongs being done to them, and for preserving peace and friendship with them. Continental Congress
The vastness of Russia devours us. Gerd von Rundstedt
The invasion of Iraq will surely go down in history as one of the most cowardly wars ever fought. It was a war in which a band of rich nations, armed with enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world several times over, rounded on a poor nation, falsely accused it of having nuclear weapons, used the United Nations to force it to disarm, then invaded it, occupied it, and are now in the process of selling it. Arundhati Roy
Your government totally rejects a peaceful surrender. Margaret Thatcher
A very remarkable people the Zulus: they defeat our generals, they convert our bishops, they have settled the fate of a great European dynasty. Benjamin Disraeli
Send me six hundred men who know how to die Charles Jean Barbaroux
No chapter of history is steeped further in blood than the history of colonialism. Blood was shed uselessly and senselessly. Flourishing lands were laid waste; whole peoples destroyed and exterminated. All this can in no way be extenuated or justified. Ludwig von Mises
A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence. Prince Otto von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Washington seems to think that they will be welcomed with open arms in Iraq, but that they shouldn’t count on it. It is foolish to think of creating a modern democracy in an artificial country with a divided society like Iraq. Do you realize that, by invading Iraq, they might yet precipitate a civil war. Jacques Chirac
The next time some neocon, demanding whatever military intervention neocons are demanding that day, invokes Hitler or Munich or appeasement, lock up your silver. Alan Wolfe
Our basic aim is to liberate the land from the Mediterranean Seas to the Jordan River …. The Palestinian revolution's basic concern is the uprooting of the Zionist entity from our land and liberating it. Yasser Arafat
Forward to Richmond! Forward to Richmond! New York Tribune
We are forced to invade—we must keep the War South, till they are not only ruined, exhausted, but humbled in pride and spirit. William Tecumseh Sherman
An enemy, waging war in a manner violative of the usage of civilized nations, has invaded our country. With presumptuous reliance on superior numbers, he has declared his purpose to reduce us to submission. . . . Recent disaster has spread gloom over the land, and sorrow sits at the hearthstones of our countrymen; but a people conscious of rectitude and faithfully relying on their Father in Heaven may be cast down, but cannot be dismayed. Jefferson Davis
No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused .… On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders. Samuel Adams
We cannot lose Afghanistan Yuri Andropov
The military plan is basically invasion. When we attack Cuba, we are going to have to attack with an all-out attack," he said. This is almost certain to lead to an invasion. The Soviet Union may, and I think probably will, attack the Turkish missiles. Then the United States would have to attack Soviet ships. And I would say that it is damn dangerous. Now, I'm not sure we can avoid anything like that if we attack Cuba. But I think we should make every effort to avoid it. And one way to avoid it is to defuse the Turkish missiles before we attack Cuba. Robert McNamara
It would take weeks, perhaps months of negotiations to get the missiles out of Cuba. Adlai Stevenson
The question really is what action we take which lessens the chances of a nuclear exchange, which obviously is the final failure…. You have:, A blockade without any declaration of war A blockade with a declaration of war Strikes One, Two and Three We’ve got invasion John F. Kennedy
Any future Defense Secretary who advises the President to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined. Robert M. Gates
The less the Afghans see of us the less they will dislike us. Frederick Sleigh Roberts
As the result of two successful campaigns, of the employment of an enormous force, and of the expenditure of large sums of money, all that has yet been accomplished has been the disintegration of the [Afghan] State … and a condition of anarchy throughout the rest of the country. Spencer Cavendish
On receipt of this message, you will immediately retire beyond the limits of California Jose Antonio Castro
There is no probability that we shall again be called upon to defend our Territory [the New Mexico Territory[ against hostile invasion. Kit Carson
I acted solely on my own responsibility. John Fremont
The initial [Iraq] war was won in about 6 weeks, but the peace was lost soon thereafter. Andrew Flibbert
Christopher Columbus was the spearhead of the biggest invasion and genocide ever seen in the history of humanity Hugo Chavez
Military operations in Muslim countries are like working with glass. If you break it, it is difficult to repair or replace …. Do American strategic planners understand the consequence of breaking the glass ... ? Najim Abed al-Jabouri
We will not give immunity to any terrorist anywhere. Ariel Sharon
To give this activity [the Bay of Pigs] even covert support is of a piece with the hypocrisy and cynicism for which the United States is constantly denouncing the Soviet Union in the United Nations and elsewhere. This point will not be lost on the rest of the world-nor on our own consciences J. William Fulbright
I found it peculiar that those who wanted to take military action could — with 100 per cent certainty — know that the weapons existed and turn out to have zero knowledge of where they were. Hans Blix
That is the best case for [George W.] Bush; that, among other things, he liberated Iraq. It is good enough for me. Boris Johnson
Inviting an invasion by foreigners and instigating one against them are two sides of the same neoconservative coin. Ilana Mercer
If and when the war starts (anti-Japanese war), where ever you are, North or South, young or old, who ever you are, you all have the responsibility of protecting our home and repelling the enemy, you all must have the will to achieve ultimate sacrifice. Chiang Kai-shek
What are the phenomena of nationalism? Here are some of them: 1) National egoism, from which many other negative traits of nationalism are derived, as for example — a desire for foreign conquest, a desire to oppress other nations, a desire to impose economic exploitation upon other nations, and so on; 2) national-chauvinism which is also a source of many other negative traits of nationalism, as for example national hatred, the disparagement of other nations, the disparagement of their history, culture, and scientific activities and scientific achievements, and so on, the glorification of developments in their own history that were negative … And what are these negative things? Wars of conquest are negative, the subjugation and oppression of other nations is negative, economic exploitation is negative, colonial enslavement is negative, and so on. All these things are accounted negative by Marxism and condemned. All these phenomena of the past can, it is true, be explained, but from our point of view they can never be justified Josip Broz Tito
Any person and any element who harms the friendship between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union will be considered the enemy of the country, enemy of our people and enemy of our revolution. We will not allow anybody in Afghanistan to act against the friendship of Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. Hafizullah Amin
Comrade Stalin showed us how to build socialism in a backward country: it's painful to begin with, but afterwards everything turns out just fine. Hafizullah Amin
We should have mastered Quebec and been in possession of Canada. John Adams
… if some unforeseen assistance does not speedily arrive, I am afraid that this City and Province [Quebec] will soon be in the hands of the Rebels. John Hamilton
Had I been 10 days sooner, Quebec must inevitably fallen into our hands, as there was not a man there to oppose us. Benedict Arnold
My heart bled for the inhabitants. Robert E. Lee
Every Army of liberation has a half-life beyond which it turns into an Army of occupation. David Petraeus
There is a Communist conspiracy to further or participate in the invasion of Mississippi. James O. Eastland
Should the people of the world say to Israel, “You are robbers, because you took by force the land of the 7 nations of Canaan” Israel may reply to them. “All the earth belongs to the Holy One, blessed be He; He created it and gave it to whom He pleased. When He willed He gave it to them, and when He willed He took it from them and gave it to us. Rashi
However desirable the maintenance of ex-territorial rights hitherto enjoyed might be, it was obvious that the public opinion of this country would not countenance a war for the purpose of maintaining them. Charles Evans Hughes
No nation should have the right to simply grab land from another nation. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
I make a supreme appeal for the diplomatic intervention of Your Majesty’s government to safeguard the integrity of Belgium. Albert I
History should remember Blair and Bush as the killers of children or as the lying prime minister and president. Mohamad Mahathir
To suggest that we need several hundred thousand troops there after military operations ceased, I don’t think is accurate…. We will in fact be greeted as liberators. Dick Cheney
Be not deceived by the lure of equalizing property which they [the French] hold out to you. They come only to rob, plunder, and destroy …. If the sway of our impious invaders were here established, you would not. My beloved people, enjoy the comfort of uniting with the celestial spirits I Heaven … in singing ‘Glory to God On High and on Earth Peace to Men of Good Will.” Francis Moylan
We intend, Citizen General, to restore to a people ripe for revolution, the independence and liberty for which it clamors. Ireland has groaned under the hateful yoke of England for centuries. The Defenders … are already secretly armed…. Detach Ireland from England, and she will be reduced to a second-rate power. Lazare Carnot
I have no wish to interfere in the internal affairs of Holland …. If you cooperate, before a year is out we will take a stunning revenge on England …. Only by an invasion can we succeed in this …. I have no desire to burden Holland but I need her ports. It is therefore necessary that you cooperate loyally. Otherwise I will be forced to turn you into a French Department (annex Holland). Napoleon Bonaparte
Whatever sense of national unity pervades the inhabitants of the rocky mountains, low-lying coastal marshes and baked river beds of Albania is sprung from the necessity of their struggling continually to keep out invaders who would annex this or that district, rather than form strong racial, religious or cultural bonds. In Albania such bonds are indeed far from strong (apart from that of language, which is however spoken in a variety of dialects), as is shown by the wars between tribes and sects which are usually in progress whenever some external danger does not compel them momentarily to close their ranks. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
Posing as a savior and a restorer of the Byzantine Empire, he let his people in their madness believe that he would soon lead them to Saint Sophia. Auguste Gauvain
D-Day will be a reminder of what can be accomplished when allies work together and when everyone understands what’s at stake. Tom Brokaw
Spanish and Dutch ships with whose help we would hasten to the banks of the Thames and destroy the new Carthage [London] Jean-Lambert Tallien
No man in our position and subject to our responsibilities, holding in his hands a weapon of such possibility for accomplishing the purpose and saving those lives, could have failed to use it and look his countrymen in the face. J. Robert Oppenheimer
Our country has been invaded many times, but we have always fought the enemies, we have driven them out and we have never mixed blood with them... Enver Hoxha
[Vladimir] Putin trampled on international rules and sovereignty of the Ukraine. Ursula Von Der Leyen
The Europeans liked to believe it was their valor, superior weapons and culture that won the New World. The real conquistadors were the armies of pathogens that raced on ahead to infect and kill 9 out of 10 of all the Indians of North, Central, and South America. The civilizations of the New World crumbled under the onslaught of invading microbes. Without this invisible army, Cortez and those who followed might never have stood a chance. Neil deGrasse Tyson
It may be that at a given moment I, as the only representative of the Diplomatic Corps remaining in Paris, will be obliged in the interests of public safety to take control of the city pending arrival of the German army. I shall do my best to save as many lives as possible and to keep the flag flying…. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship in case I get blown up before I see you again. [Meanwhile,] Here I am. Here I stay. William C. Bullitt
No matter how thuggishly the enemy behaves, the court will absolutely not resort to war. Guangxu
It is evident to every unbiased mind that Korea must be and will be Russian.. Wilhelm II
Our choice is whether to put our country on a platter to hand over to the invaders, or to fight to the end. I cannot face our ancestors if we do not put up a fight. I would rather fight to the end… If the end comes, you gentlemen here are my witness and can testify that I have done my best. Cixi
What millions died – that Caesar might be great! Thomas Campbell
Could this country stand by and watch the [most] direct crime that ever stained the face of history, and thus become participators in the sin. Edward Grey
I do not believe for a moment that, at the end of this war [WWI], even if we stand aside, we should be able to undo what had happened … to prevent the whole of the West of Europe opposite us from falling under the domination of a single power … and we should, I believe, sacrifice our respect and good name and reputation before the world and should not escape the most serious and grave consequences. Edward Grey
The German policy – and policy it was – of seizing large numbers of hostages and murdering them wholesale in response to resistance largely or wholly imagined, was unmatched in scale in Western Europe. Max Hastings
So their Highnesses are kings and lords of these islands … by virtue of this donation: and some islands, and indeed almost all those to whom this has been notified, have received and served their Highnesses, as lords and kings, in the way that subjects ought to do, with good will, without any resistance, immediately, without delay, when they were informed of the aforesaid facts. And also they received and obeyed the priests whom their Highnesses sent to preach to them and to teach them our Holy Faith; and all these, of their own free will, without any reward or condition, have become Christians, and are so, and their Highnesses have joyfully and benignantly received them, and also have commanded them to be treated as their subjects and vassals; and you too are held and obliged to do the same. Wherefore, as best we can, we ask and require you that you consider what we have said to you, and that you take the time that shall be necessary to understand and deliberate upon it, and that you acknowledge the Church as the Ruler and Superior of the whole world, and the high priest called Pope, and in his name the King and Queen Doña Juana our lords, in his place, as superiors and lords and kings of these islands … and that you consent and give place that these religious fathers should declare and preach to you the aforesaid…. if you do not do this, and maliciously make delay in it, I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country, and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church and of their Highnesses; we shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their Highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do you all the mischief and damage that we can, as to vassals who do not obey, and refuse to receive their lord, and resist and contradict him; and we protest that the deaths and losses which shall accrue from this are your fault, and not that of their Highnesses, or ours, nor of these cavaliers who come with us.. Juan Lopez de Palacios Rubios
I am putting on the uniform, and I shall take it off only in death or victory. Adolf Hitler
Ukraine has not perished, nor her glory, nor her freedom. Ukraine
Poland has not yet perished, so long as we are alive. Poland
…The invasion of Iraq was the worst foreign policy mistake in American history. We invaded a country that was no threat to us…. We have lost so much of our world prestige and world leadership. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The foreign countries made a conspiracy in their islands. All at once the lands were removed and scattered in the fray. No land could stand before their arms, from Khatte, Qode, Carchemish, Arzawa, and Alashiya on, being cut o at [one time]. A camp [was set up] in one place in Amurru. they desolated its people, and its land was like that which has never come into being. They were coming forward toward Egypt, while the flame was prepared before them. Their confederation was the Peleset, Tjekker, Shekelesh, Danuna, and Weshesh, lands united. they laid their hands upon the lands as far as the circuit of the earth…. Those who reached my frontier, their seed is not, their heart and soul are finished forever and ever. Those who came forward together on the sea, the full flame was in front of them at the river-mouths, while a stockade of lances surrounded them on the shore. ey were dragged in, enclosed, and prostrated on the beach, killed, and made into heaps from tail to head. Their ships and their goods were as if fallen into the water. I have made the lands turn back from (even) mentioning Egypt: for when they pronounce my name in their land, then they are burned up…. I overthrew those who invaded them from their lands. I slew the Danuna [who are] in their isles, the Tjekker and the Peleset were made ashes. e Shardana and the Weshesh of the sea, they were made as those that exist not, taken captive at one time, brought as captives to Egypt, like the sand of the shore. I settled them in strongholds bound in my name. Numerous were their classes like hundred-thousands. I taxed them all, in clothing and grain from the store-houses and granaries each year. Ramesses III
The United States will conquer Mexico, but it will be as the man swallows arsenic, which brings him down in turn. Mexico will poison us. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mexican immigration is leading toward the demographic reconquista of areas Americans took from Mexico by force in the 1830s and 1840s Samuel P. Huntington