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Liberty Quotation: Thomas Paine on the Sin of Offensive War

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Thomas Paine“If there is a sin superior to every other it is that of willful and offensive war. ┬áMost other sins are circumscribed within narrow limits, that is, the power of one man cannot give them a very general extension, and many kind of sins have only a mental existence from which no infection arises; but he who is the author of a war, lets loose the whole contagion of Hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.”

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis V [March 21, 1778]