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Agree or not with this?: "If you want peace, prepare for war"?

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  • Agree or not with this?: "If you want peace, prepare for war"?


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Answer #1 | 08/02 2014 10:16
Peace cost a lot. Not just in lives and dollars. But in ever changing lifestyle. You have to work at Peace. If you want it to be successful.
Answer #2 | 08/02 2014 10:14
"Si vis pacem, para bellum " in latin means "if you want peace prepare for war". The adage was adapted from a statement found in Book 3 of Latin author Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus's tract De Re Militari (4th or 5th century),[1] although the idea it conveys is also present in earlier works, such as Plato's Nomoi .. instead, how about: Si vis pacem, para pactum, ......if you want peace, agree to keep the peace
Answer #3 | 08/02 2014 10:09
I disagree with that sentiment generally as a driver of government policy. A government should think about the possibility of conflicts that may devolve into war, but to prepare for war is likely to lead to war, so it can destroy the efforts of diplomacy. I guess I would need to know what 'preparing for war' actually means in your saying. Taken too far, such an approach can look like a threat to your adversaries and escalate out of control. There are dangers that lurk in sloganeering like you suggest. A balanced approach is best.
Answer #4 | 08/02 2014 10:12
Agree.
Answer #5 | 08/02 2014 10:11
I guess that might work But I want war. And I prepare for it too.
Answer #6 | 08/02 2014 10:09
It is Roman proverb. Romans knew a thing or two about running large state and about international relations.
Answer #7 | 08/02 2014 10:09
Unfortunately true.
Answer #8 | 08/02 2014 10:07
Agree. Peace through strength. If evil nations, or people for that matter, see you as weak the think they can take you. You just have to look at the new Knockout Game to see the truth in that.
Answer #9 | 08/02 2014 10:05
Unfortunately,the psychology of man tells us down through the ages that no one prepares to war that does not eventually decide the time is right to start one.
Answer #10 | 08/02 2014 10:00
AGREE!!! That's just common sense.
Answer #11 | 08/02 2014 10:05
that is an OLD adage!..and it's as true today as it was when it was coined!
Answer #12 | 08/02 2014 10:00
Absolutely! Be prepared, and not prepared to be a victim.
Answer #13 | 08/02 2014 09:59
disagree
Answer #14 | 08/02 2014 09:59
Yes. it's the same as saying, "Walk softly but carry a big stick".
Answer #15 | 08/02 2014 09:59
Agree. We needed war after 9/11 or we would have been hit twice or more by now.

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