15 Anti-War Quotes We Still Need To Hear

Published January 21, 2017
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At least when compared with the Vietnam era, the anti-war movement -- with its marches, protests, and "make love not war" spirit -- is one that seems to have burned out in America.

It's not that peace has been attained. The U.S. is still in the midst of military conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan that have cost $4.8 trillion, created 10.1 million refugees, and claimed 370,000 lives.

But the protests are smaller and the rage seems to have dissipated -- at least when compared to anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960s and 1970s.

This could be because, in the absence of a draft, most U.S. citizens are no longer directly impacted by conflicts abroad. It could be that, after seeing the horrible ways in which Vietnam veterans were treated, people fear that their anti-war statements will be misconstrued as anti-soldier, rather than anti-war.

Either way, as a 2003 Gallup poll taken at the outset of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan found -- with results that still hold true today -- there has been "a rather low rate of participation among Americans in anti-war protests [since the Vietnam War]. Many Americans would prefer there be no protests, especially once war has begun. But at the same time, most recognize the free speech rights of those who oppose the government's action."

In the face of such trends, above you'll find 15 anti-war quotes that could encourage anyone to get passionate about peace.

Enjoy these anti-war quotes? Next, have a look at the 1967 anti-war protests in Harlem.

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