have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood
running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed
lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I
have seen 200 limping, exhausted men come out of line—the survivors of
a regiment of 1,000 that went forward 48 hours before. I have seen
children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate

I have passed unnumbered hours, I shall pass unnumbered hours thinking and planning how war may be kept from this nation.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chautauqua, New York, 1936


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