Commonly misattributed to Plato, this line is originally found in Santayana’s “Soliloquies in England” 

The poetic quote is surrounded by a rainfall of wisdom. 

"These young men are no rustics, they are no fools ; and yet they have passed through the most terrible ordeal, they have seen the mad heart of this world […] and yet they have learned nothing. The young barbarians want to be again at play. […] but they are going to gamble away their lives and their country, […] Yet the poor fellows think they are safe ! They think that the war perhaps the last of all wars is over ! 

Only the dead are safe ; only the dead have seen the end of war. Not that non-existence deserves to be called peace ; it is only by an illusion of contrast and a pathetic fallacy that we are tempted to call it so.”


 So a few weeks ago I thought I got rid of all the fire ants that had taken up residence in my backyard; oh boy was I was wrong. 

The fire ants have returned to my backyard in greater numbers and have begun to aggressively expand their hills. I will give them tonight to finish constructing their defenses and will begin my campaign in the morning. I underestimated the tenacity my enemy during my last assault; a mistake I will not make again.

Above on the first image I’ve outlined in red the currently known nests and marked where I believe others could be in blue.

Phase one of my assault is outlined in the second image; I plan to cut off their exits by saturating the lawn in insecticide spray, once they have no way of retreating and their mounds are wet I’ll begin to pick at them via shovel.

The final phase of my plan is outlined in the final image; In the midst of their efforts to rebuild I’ll deploy poisoned ant food to their hills and wait for them to destroy themselves. 

I know not what horrors await me on tomorrows battlefield, it was not my wish for our tentative peace to come to such a violent end. Alas the time for sweet thoughts of pacifism are over now, war is the only answer left.

Wish me luck comrades. 

The remains of a Japanese defender of Attu, killed in action like the vast majority of the men there. After two weeks of fighting, with the situation so obviously lost, many of the Japanese soldiers chose to commit suicide rather than face defeat alive, and on May 29th, Col. Yamazaki ordered a banzai charge with the remnants of his command. Its failure ended organized resistance on the island, leaving only 29 men to be captured by the Americans, although a few holdouts apparently remained on the loose through July. 


Watch on

Only the dead have seen the end of war…

Only the dead have seen the end of war — Plato.

Did millions really die to set us free? From Freedomain Radio -

This is a series of excerpts from a talk I delivered on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2008, the full version of which can be accessed here:

  • nichelle:*raises hand to pet my cat*
  • my cat:*walks straight past her*
  • nichelle:Only the dead have seen the end of war.