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                  “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for fifiring cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfifish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on
for an honest purpose by their free choice, - is oftften the means of their regeneration.
A man who has nothing which he is willing to fifight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fifight for ascendancy in the affffairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.”
John Stuart Mill
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