"I am personally convinced that war is wrong, no matter how good the cause. I am also convinced that although a war can be fought for what is believed to be an honourable reason, such as with the intention of forming a peaceful society, the war itself, by causing so much death and destruction, defeats its own object."
Not an opinion I necessarily agree with, nor one that Priest necessarily agrees with either. Neither is it a new viewpoint, being an oft argued and touted philosophy. What I like about this quote is how succinctly it articulates the idea being a force unto itself that obuscates and erodes any kind of moral high ground, an entity with it's own agendas, regardless of the intent of those involved.