„Are there quantitative aspects to the phenomena of war that can be counted? Evidently!“

—  Pitirim Sorokin, Pitirim Sorokin (1937) Social and Cultural Dynamics http://books.google.nl/books?id=fbZyka2W_1cC. p. 283
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„Discipline in war counts more than fury.“

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„For the past ten years conditions have been abnormal. The feverish preparation for war and the more feverish maintenance of the war effort engulfed all aspects of national economies.“

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Context: The picture I have painted today may have seemed somewhat grim. Let me conclude by telling you why I have hope. I have hope because the positive aspects of globalization are enabling nations and peoples to become politically, economically and socially interdependent, making war an increasingly unacceptable option. Among the 25 members of the European Union, the degree of economic and socio-political dependencies has made the prospect of the use of force to resolve differences almost absurd. The same is emerging with regard to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, with some 55 member countries from Europe, Central Asia and North America. Could these models be expanded to a world model, through the same creative multilateral engagement and active international cooperation, where the strong are just and the weak secure?

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