"Peace is not everything but without peace everything is nothing" (Willy Brandt 1982).."The civilization project aims at abolishing war as an institution and eliminating force.. Justice and the strength of the law should replace power interests and the right of the stronger."
Translated from the German
Starting with the first tense days of the war against Iraq, I made it a point to watch American servicemen being interviewed on cable television. Every one of them, when asked why they were eager to fight in Iraq, in essence gave this unhesitating reply: "First, to destroy a murderous regime before it acquires the capability to attack our country and the rest of the free world with weapons of mass destruction." [Itís called "self-defense."] "Second, to liberate the people of Iraq from decades of oppression." [Itís called "compassion."]