"A just fear of an imminent danger,
though there be no blow given,
is a lawful cause of war."
Sir Francis Bacon
(1561-1626) Philosopher, British Lord Chancellor
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
I suppose might makes right, huh?
 -- E Archer, NYC     
    How could anyone not see this as an absolute fact? If the quote did not have the word "just" in it would be debatable.
     -- warren, olathe     
    I suppose the Confederates of the legally seceded states were justified when they fired the first shot at Fort Sumpter. After all, Lincoln had been holding a gun on them for months so I guess it was inevitable that they would eventually fire. Makes sense.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Shoot first, ask questions later. Don't worry that you may have guessed wrong, or you give your adversary justification for what he may do in retaliation
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    AGAIN. Reread the quote. It said “JUST FEAR” as in justified, warranted and so forth. It did not say shoot first. READ. It doesn't say take a guess or do any thing you feel like. The ability of people to twist something into something else is incredible.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Who decides what is JUST cause, Warren?
     -- A.Jurgensen, Stuart, FL     
    I think this dangerous quote is what gave George W. Bush permission to invade Iraq...a criminal and pointless war!
     -- Peggy Aylsworth Levine, Santa Monica     
    The purveyors of ignorance seem to be mucking about again. . .
     -- Anonymous     
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