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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 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)

„Here are centered the hopes and aspirations and faith of the entire human race. I do not stand here as advocate for any partisan cause, for the issues are fundamental and reach quite beyond the realm of partisan consideration. They must be resolved on the highest plane of national interest if our course is to prove sound and our future protected.“

—  Douglas MacArthur
Context: Here are centered the hopes and aspirations and faith of the entire human race. I do not stand here as advocate for any partisan cause, for the issues are fundamental and reach quite beyond the realm of partisan consideration. They must be resolved on the highest plane of national interest if our course is to prove sound and our future protected. I trust, therefore, that you will do me the justice of receiving that which I have to say as solely expressing the considered viewpoint of a fellow American.

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„Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense.“

—  Douglas MacArthur
Context: Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense. Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions — those institutions we proudly called the American way of life. Speech to the Michigan legislature, in Lansing, Michigan (15 May 1952), published in General MacArthur Speeches and Reports 1908-1964 (2000) by Edward T. Imparato, p. 206; part of this was also used in a speech in Boston, as quoted in TIME magazine (6 August 1951) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,856843,00.html

„I address you with neither rancor nor bitterness in the fading twilight of life, with but one purpose in mind: to serve my country. The issues are global and so interlocked that to consider the problems of one sector, oblivious to those of another, is but to court disaster for the whole.“

—  Douglas MacArthur
Context: I address you with neither rancor nor bitterness in the fading twilight of life, with but one purpose in mind: to serve my country. The issues are global and so interlocked that to consider the problems of one sector, oblivious to those of another, is but to court disaster for the whole. While Asia is commonly referred to as the Gateway to Europe, it is no less true that Europe is the Gateway to Asia, and the broad influence of the one cannot fail to have its impact upon the other.

„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.

„It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.“

—  Douglas MacArthur
Context: It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. While such an economy may produce a sense of seeming prosperity for the moment, it rests on an illusionary foundation of complete unreliability and renders among our political leaders almost a greater fear of peace than is their fear of war. Speech to the Michigan legislature, in Lansing, Michigan (15 May 1952), published in General MacArthur Speeches and Reports 1908-1964 (2000) by Edward T. Imparato, p. 206, much of this was used in speeches of 1951, as quoted in The Twenty-year Revolution from Roosevelt to Eisenhower (1954) by Chesly Manly, p. 3, and Total Insecurity : The Myth Of American Omnipotence (2004) by Carol Brightman, p. 182<!--

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