Mar 12 2012

War is not a solution

Posted by Knonie
Winter sunrise, Photo © Knonie.
Dear Cecil:
When I was in an artillery unit in Vietnam, we were told that each shell we fired cost the taxpayers several thousand dollars… We speculated that, considering the great number of rounds we fired, the United States could easily have instead built each Vietnamese a beautiful suburban house complete with swimming pool instead of spending the money trying to kill them. In that way we could have not only won the war but also the hearts and minds of the enemy. So I put it to you: if the cost in dollars of the Vietnam war were divided by the number of Vietnamese, how much could each have been paid to lay down their arms and live peacefully ever after?

— Stephen Wilhelm, New York

Cecil replies:

Best damn question I’ve had in months. Let’s take it step by step.

Estimates of the cost of the Vietnam war vary all over the place, with one analyst putting the figure as high as $900 billion… The Defense Department in the 1970s came up with a much more conservative figure — $140 billion in direct military outlays between 1965 and 1974… However, other estimates of “incremental” costs run anywhere from $112 billion to $155 billion, so we’re probably safe in going with 140.

The combined population of North and South Vietnam in 1969, the midpoint of substantial U.S. involvement, was somewhere around 39 million. That means that over 10 years we spent about $3,600 for every Vietnamese man, woman, and child. Today you could buy most of a Yugo with that kind of money. At first glance, hardly enough reason to abandon a war of national liberation.

But let’s put this in perspective. Per capita annual income in South Vietnam in 1965 by one estimate was $113. At $3,600 per, we could have kept those guys in rice and fish sauce for pretty much the rest of their lives, with color TV and a Barcalounger thrown in. As an added bonus, the country would not have suffered incalculable war damage, and 1.8 million more Vietnamese would not be dead (or at least they would have died other than by being shot, blown up, etc.).

I know, I know: millions for defense but not one cent for bribes. But considering how things actually turned out, maybe we should have given it a try.

— Cecil Adams [January 11, 1991]

[Excerpts taken from: The Straight Dope]

Aug 10 2011

Thank you People, especially Muslims!!!

Posted by Knonie

Thank you people, for NOT labelling the entire England as ill-cultured and reactive!
Thank you people, for NOT blaming the entire youth of England for violence!
Thank you Muslims, for NOT generalizing anything for entire nation, just because of the act of a few!

This way, you are giving this world a lesson that we should not blame ANY Nation or Faith just because of the condemnable acts of few people among them.

Understand and Tolerate– That’s the way to global peace!

This is peace

[This note is written in response to the latest riots in many parts of England, and by seeing the reactions from the updates of my Facebook friends]

Jun 17 2011

History of Human Race in one sentence

Posted by Knonie

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating[1] a smaller boy. I expostulated[2], but he replied: “The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.” In these words he epitomized[3] the history of the human race.

– Bertrand Russell, “Education and the Social Order

[1] ill-treating: Act cruelly towards someone.
[2] Expostulate: Express strong disapproval or disagreement.
[3] Epitomized: Summarized, Provided a perfect example of.


Oct 8 2010

Give Peace a Chance: A small tribute to John Lennon on his 70th birthday

Posted by Knonie

“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.”

He never got tired raising his voice for Peace. He wanted everyone to live together as one, he wanted governments to stop imposing wars on other countries, for any reason, but he was shot…

He was the great John Lennon

He was a star being a member of The Beatles, and he became an even brighter star as a solo artist.

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”

Below are few Peace and Revolution related graphics I designed, inspired obviously by Lennon’s work. [Click each image to enlarge]

This is Peace4 PiecesRevolution RocksRevolution Rocks

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

Just to let you know that we love you John, and your message of love & Peace will stay forever…

Happy 70th Birthday John…!!!

And Yoko Ono, We love you too… You’re so sweet…

Discover John Lennon’s stuff, Audio CDs and FREE preview songs, DVDs, Collectors items and so much more…

Feb 11 2010

“This is Peace” — Broken, Hidden, Illegible…

Posted by Knonie

This is peace “This is Peace”
Originally uploaded by knonie

We all need Love, Cooperation, Humanity, Trust, Truth…
All of them are fading away
Becoming extinct…

Realize it before it’s too late…
Nature never gives a second chance…

Start from your own inner self– Bring a Revolution!