„Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them must share the guilt for the dead.“

— Omar Bradley, As quoted in Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words (1992) by Peace Pilgrim, p. 113.
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