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Letter: War is ugly, but not ugliest

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:10 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Regarding the letter from Mil Misic (“Growing old a luxury not all have,”) in the June 7 Daily Chronicle:

I felt that Ms. Misic’s letter was quite good, but for the one point she made when she said, “War does not seem to settle anything ... .”   Thanks to her generation, the world was freed from the tyranny of the Nazis and the Japanese Empire.  We must not forget (and I don’t believe she has) what it takes to maintain our freedom. To that end, I offer the following quote from John Stuart Mill, a 19th century British philosopher and economist:

“Was is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

Steve Rosene


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