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Douglas MacArthur

Data urodzenia: 26. Styczeń 1880
Data zgonu: 5. Kwiecień 1964

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Douglas George MacArthur – amerykański generał armii, dowódca armii alianckich na południowo-zachodnim teatrze działań na Pacyfiku podczas II wojny światowej. Uhonorowany najwyższym odznaczeniem wojskowym w Stanach Zjednoczonych – Medalem Honoru. Był jednym z pięciu amerykańskich oficerów, którzy osiągnęli stopień generała armii . Wyższy stopień – generała armii otrzymali jedynie John Pershing i pośmiertnie George Washington.

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Cytaty Douglas MacArthur

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„Upadek Chin zagraża Stanom Zjednoczonym.“

— Douglas MacArthur
w 1949 po pokonaniu wojsk Czang Kaj-szeka przez siły Mao Zedonga.

„Korea Północna uderzyła w stylu kobry.“

— Douglas MacArthur
po ataku Korei Płn. na południową część półwyspu, który doprowadził do zajęcia 90 procent terytorium Korei Płd.

„Użycie bomby było zbędne z militarnego punktu widzenia. Japończycy poddaliby się w maju [1945], gdyby USA zostawiły cesarza.“

— Douglas MacArthur
Źródło: Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States (2012), tłum. Edyta Czerwonka, odcinek 3

„Dla nich powieszenie cesarza jest niczym ukrzyżowanie Chrystusa. Prędzej zginą niż na to pozwolą.“

— Douglas MacArthur
w maju 1945 o warunku zachowania cesarza, jedynym jaki postawili Japończycy podczas negocjowania swojej zgody na kapitulację.

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„If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.“

— Douglas MacArthur
Context: Men since the beginning of time have sought peace. Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations. From the very start workable methods were found in so far as individual citizens were concerned, but the mechanics of an instrumentality of larger international scope have never been successful. Military alliances, balances of power, Leagues of Nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blocks out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.

„There is no substitute for victory.“

— Douglas MacArthur
Context: It seems strangely difficult for some to realize that here in Asia is where the Communist conspirators have elected to make their play for global conquest, and that we have joined the issue thus raised on the battlefield; that here we fight Europe’s war with arms while the diplomats there still fight it with words; that if we lose the war to communism in Asia the fall of Europe is inevitable, win it and Europe most probably would avoid war and yet preserve freedom. As you pointed out, we must win. There is no substitute for victory. Letter to Representative Joseph W. Martin, Jr., (20 March 1951); read to the House by Martin on April 5.

„I have constantly called for the new political decisions essential to a solution.
Efforts have been made to distort my position. It has been said, in effect, that I was a warmonger. Nothing could be further from the truth. I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes. … But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.“

— Douglas MacArthur
Context: We could hold in Korea by constant maneuver and in an approximate area where our supply line advantages were in balance with the supply line disadvantages of the enemy, but we could hope at best for only an indecisive campaign with its terrible and constant attrition upon our forces if the enemy utilized its full military potential. I have constantly called for the new political decisions essential to a solution. Efforts have been made to distort my position. It has been said, in effect, that I was a warmonger. Nothing could be further from the truth. I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes. … But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.

„I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that "old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty.“

— Douglas MacArthur
Context: I am closing my 52 years of military service. When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that "old soldiers never die; they just fade away." And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Audio clip (ogg format)

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„We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war.“

— Douglas MacArthur
Context: We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war. A new era is upon us. Even the lesson of victory itself brings with it profound concern, both for our future security and the survival of civilization. The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery, has in fact now reached a point which revises the traditional concepts of war.

„Men since the beginning of time have sought peace.“

— Douglas MacArthur
Context: Men since the beginning of time have sought peace. Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations. From the very start workable methods were found in so far as individual citizens were concerned, but the mechanics of an instrumentality of larger international scope have never been successful. Military alliances, balances of power, Leagues of Nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blocks out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.

„Today, freedom is on the offensive, democracy is on the march.“

— Douglas MacArthur
Context: We stand in Tokyo today reminiscent of our countryman, Commodore Perry, ninety-two years ago. His purpose was to bring to Japan an era of enlightenment and progress, by lifting the veil of isolation to the friendship, trade, and commerce of the world. But alas the knowledge thereby gained of western science was forged into an instrument of oppression and human enslavement. Freedom of expression, freedom of action, even freedom of thought were denied through appeal to superstition, and through the application of force. We are committed by the Potsdam Declaration of principles to see that the Japanese people are liberated from this condition of slavery. … To the Pacific basin has come the vista of a new emancipated world. Today, freedom is on the offensive, democracy is on the march. Today, in Asia as well as in Europe, unshackled peoples are tasting the full sweetness of liberty, the relief from fear.

„Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won.“

— Douglas MacArthur
Context: Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won. The skies no longer rain with death — the seas bear only commerce — men everywhere walk upright in the sunlight. The entire world lies quietly at peace. The holy mission has been completed. And in reporting this to you, the people, I speak for the thousands of silent lips, forever stilled among the jungles and the beaches and in the deep waters of the Pacific which marked the way.

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