The SL Trib report of President Hinckley's "personal and poignant address" led with his comments against war: "What a fruitless thing it so often is, and what a terrible price it exacts." Articles also ran in the Deseret News and BYU NewsNet.
President Hinckley's counsel reminds me of FDR's famous "I Hate War" speech, delivered in August 1936. It was captured on film, and I recall seeing a documentary with a clip showing FDR deliver the key lines with truly impressive gravity:
I 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 two hundred limping exhausted men come out of line — the survivors of a regiment of one thousand that went forward forty-eight hours before. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.
In the final blunt phrase, each word was a sentence. I. Hate. War. Not that FDR was a pacifist. He followed his declaration against war with the following: "I wish I could keep war from all Nations; but that is beyond my power. I can at least make certain that no act of the United States helps to produce or to promote war."
Well, I'm not trying to make analogies to current events, just pulling up an old quote that expresses with conviction and eloquence the thought sketched out yesterday by President Hinckley. War does exact a terrible price and is often fruitless. I wish there were a box on my ballot for peace on earth and good will toward all.