In response to The Olympian's article on defense contracts in Washington state, I would like to present the contrary view beautifully expressed by two great American presidents:
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government,” said Thomas Jefferson.
Dwight Eisenhower, speaking before the American Society of Newspaper Editors on April 16, 1953, said, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of the laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”