What is Military Necessity?

“Military necessity justifies a resort all the measures which are indispensable for securing this object and which are not forbidden by the modern laws and customs of war.” (US Army, 1914, p.14). What military necessity admits of (General Order 100, 1864, Article 16): Military necessity admits of all direct destruction of life or limb of… Read More

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This Plague…

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.” George Washington (1732 to 1799) General George Washington, also called Father of His Country, was an American general and commander in chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution (1775-1783) and subsequently first president of the United States (1789-1797).

Interlude: War or Peace?

“I don’t know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace is an interlude during war.” Georges Clemenceau (1841 to 1929) Georges Clemenceau, byname The Tiger, French Le Tigre, was a statesman and journalist who was a dominant figure in the French Third Republic and, as premier (1917-20), a major contributor to the Allied… Read More

Giants & Infants…

“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.” General Bradley (1893 to 1981) Omar Nelson Bradley was a US Army officer who commanded the Twelfth Army Group, which helped ensure the Allied victory over Germany… Read More

Heroes…

“All true heroes of history will be forgotten and all villains will be remembered as heroes.” Leo Tolstoy (1828 to 1910) Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoy also spelled Tolstoi, Russian in full Lev Nikolayevich, Graf (count) Tolstoy, was a Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world’s greatest novelists. Tolstoy is best known for… Read More