Thanks to both of you – Dr Rosalie Schulz and …

Comment on November 11: Looking to the past and the future by Alex Nelson.

Thanks to both of you – Dr Rosalie Schulz and Jonathon Pilbrow – for your pertinent and thoughtful contemplations on the occasion of this year’s Remembrance Day.
You highlight well the opportunity cost of conflict and military expenditure; and so much of this could be at least diminished significantly if leaders would have the wisdom to avoid bellicosity and seek always to establish and maintain good relations with others.
Conflict will always be with us, it’s a part of the human condition, but there are many salutary quotes from political and military figures – those who have been directly involved or associated with major conflicts – who provide insights borne of bitter experience that remain relevant to a troubled world.
The following are some examples.
The Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, at the conclusion of the Battle of Waterloo: “Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.”
President Abraham Lincoln, leader during the American Civil War: “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
General Hans von Seeckt, German WW1 military leader: “The statement that war is a continuation of policy by other means has become a catch-phrase, and is therefore dangerous. We can say with equal truth – war is the bankruptcy of policy.”
The final word I’ll give to Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence in the American Revolutionary War, upon becoming President in 1801: “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”
Lest we forget.

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How little do you know!
That old school was once the pride of Alice Springs and a major tourist attraction – yes, truly it was!
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