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There Can Be No Substitute For Victory


Major Steven Givler delivers brutal clarity on the matter of waging war

Steven Givler©, 2010

Today I visited the Douglas MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, where I found this inscription on an inside wall of the rotunda.  I’d like to bring to your attention the bottom paragraph, taken from an address to Congress in April of 1951, which reads,

A great nation which voluntarily enters upon war and does not see it through to victory must eventually suffer all the consequences of defeat… War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.  In war, there can be no substitute for victory.

I could not agree more.

For there are indeed things far worse than war. Please read Steven’s thoughts.

[Shabbat starts in a few hours – gotta run. Thanks for visiting here. See you Sunday. Cheers. – Ran]

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/10/30 02:29

    As always, Ran, I’m honored by your support.

  2. 2010/10/30 03:09

    We’ve been through suffering through defeat at the hands of politicians in Vietnam who had not the stomach for victory. It is heartbreaking to think it can happen again. Both Afghanistan and Iraq should have been done in a year. Innocents would have died, but they died anyway. We have not left Iraq fearful enough of our war power…but we could have.

  3. 2010/10/31 17:25

    Steven, Maggie, great to have you on the web. Cheers!

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