Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience… therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.
– Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950
Some explanations of a crime are not explanations: they’re part of the crime.
– Olavo de Cavarlho
And so long as they were at war, their power was preserved, but when they had attained empire they fell, for of the arts of peace they knew nothing, and had never engaged in any employment higher than war.
– Aristotle, Politics
It would be some time before I fully realized that the United States sees little need for diplomacy. Power is enough. Only the weak rely on diplomacy … The Roman Empire had no need for diplomacy. Nor does the United States.
– Boutros Boutros-Ghali