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I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars. Options
Daemon
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)
ludic
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 2:52:46 AM

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haha... are we sure they wouldn't start bickering amongst themselves, taking their children's parts? Dancing Silenced
MTC
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 4:09:52 AM
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Wars like stubborn weeds keep cropping up around the world, mocking our efforts to create an earthly garden of peace. But still returns the "cock-eyed optimism" ....
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 4:53:07 AM
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I am sure if each country in war read its enemy nation's newspapers, the people would be laughing reading how untrue the comments about them are.
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 5:00:34 AM

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We create wars to establish peace.

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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 7:54:40 AM
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This quote is a sign of Mr. Forster's time----when women were expected to be the milder, gentler voice of reason.
In today's time----there's not a mother I know who wouldn't wage a war to protect her own.
AJC
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 8:19:15 AM
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What a hormonal roller coaster THAT would be.
HWNN1961
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 8:38:30 AM
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Clearly this man never met Sarah Palin's Hockey Moms....
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 8:51:06 AM
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E M Forster was an English novelist. Historically, the English fought most of the wars, and English fought wars killed maximum number of people (both civil and military), if one calculates the numbers killed. Not so surprisingly, Hitler (not Germans) is promoted by the English to be champion of killing.

I wonder what Forster meant: was it he meant to say that 'give-in' without fight to the English? Or, he attempted to make all nation share the killing-blame; or he didn't have the courage before his death in 1970 to figure out which mother could've controlled her nation not to kill -- just to become rich on others property.
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 9:05:32 AM

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I think, if we take Forester's quote simply, he is only glorifying the good sense and compassion of women, especially those who have children to care for. We nations keep quibbling over some issue or the other like puerile friends or siblings. Mothers are au fait with solving petty disputes between their children, and so they could between nations.
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OK. The UM building would look different, tastefully decorated of course, with a huge increase in the number of lavatories.
Christine
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 9:43:18 AM
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Nice thought.
War is politicking at its dirtiest.
ludic
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 9:48:37 AM

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GabhSigenod wrote:
OK. The UM building would look different, tastefully decorated of course, with a huge increase in the number of lavatories.


So this problem with women and washrooms is universal, I see d'oh! . In any new city we move to, my mum will know the loo haunts of every market before she's decided on her regular semstress! Shhh Although I can also be more than a little fussy in times of dire need Silenced !
Babezy
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 10:58:12 PM
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I can see where he's coming from. Every time I see dead bodies in war footage, I think, "That's somebody's little boy. Some parent's heart is breaking right now." It doesn't matter that the boys are men, or whether or not the cause is just. While all the mama-bear commentary is funny and correct, the fact remains that if we could meet mom-to-mom, even the menfolk, like RuthP said on the other thread, we'd see ourselves as members of the same family and would be so much more reluctant to kill each other.
DHeavyOne
Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:07:39 AM
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If the "mothers" of the world's nations were to meet, then that would presuppose that women were given the right to vote, and be voted for, much earlier in time than actually occured.....which I am in favour of in terms of equality.

However, if we had a predominantly female dominated government system instead of the current system, or even a more equally balanced system for longer, in terms of gender representation, would we really have less war? .......OR JUST DIFFERENT ONES?
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