“To seek for peace by means of war is the same as to seek for chastity by way of fornication.”
–Anonymous, First Century CE (it sure sounds like Epictetus, though)

I learned this one as an MA student probably ten years ago, and ran across it again in Wendell Berry’s essay “A Citizen’s Response” in his collection of essays published as Citizenship Papers in 2003.

Something to think about as the GOP does everything it can to keep up appearances in its war stance with a Democratic Congress.

More here, from Jim Wallis’ Blog:

Iraq-Senate. Senate Rejects Renewed Effort to Debate Iraq– “The Senate on Saturday narrowly rejected an effort to force debate on a resolution opposing President Bush’s troop buildup in Iraq, but Republican defections emboldened Democrats to promise new attempts to influence the administration’s war policy.” Iraq Vote In Senate Blocked By GOP – “Senate Republicans for a second time blocked a symbolic attempt by Democrats to reject President Bush’s troop increase yesterday, but GOP defections were higher than before,” GOP blocks Senate vote on troop resolution – “Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic effort to pass a symbolic resolution opposing President Bush’s troop buildup in Iraq. Democrats, who hold a narrow majority in the Senate, fell four votes shy of the 60 needed on a procedural vote to consider the nonbinding resolution.” Democrats Consider New Ways to Limit Iraq War – “Thwarted in their attempt to formally rebuke President Bush, Senate Democrats shifted their focus to narrowing the U.S. military mission in Iraq.”