Rick Rozoff is a US anti-war activist who has collected an impressive number of short anti-war texts.
Having been struck by the power of literary works to awaken and strengthen aversion to war and the desire for peace in my early youth by reading such varying pieces as Mark Twain’s The War Prayer and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, about a decade ago I began to harvest works I had read throughout my life and ones that were new to me in order to compile as many excerpts from writings expressing those views as I could find.
Coming to consciousness of the essential struggle of peace against war in the United States in the 1960s, I confess to having been afflicted with the prejudice that anti-war sentiment had been rare if at all existent in other ages and even in other nations. The Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico speaks in his The New Science of the conceit of nations and the conceit of scholars; he may have added the conceit of the times.
The deeper I explored the works of poets, philosophers, novelists, essayists, theologians and historians throughout the ages and throughout the world the more I was disabused of the above notion. In fact the opposite is true. This site currently has somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 entries by several hundred writers from forty or more countries; items expressing in a myriad of ways the conviction of writers covering a period of over 2,500 years, from Hesiod to Harold Pinter, that war is the greatest curse that has afflicted humanity during its tenure on earth and that peace is the greatest blessing that can be bestowed on it. The love of peace and the loathing of war are and have always been the natural sentiments of humankind. In the words of August Schlegel in discussing Sophocles’ drama Philoctetes, so inclined to love is the uncorrupted heart of man.
Documents sourced from Rozoff's blog
|Document:NATO Proclaims Itself Global Military Force||article||NATO||22 November 2010||Rick Rozoff|
|Document:US Recruits Russia as Junior Partner||article||NATO|
The Great Game
|24 November 2010||Rick Rozoff|