Monday, February 21, 2011

Parabellum

"The word parabellum is a noun coined by German arms maker Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken and is derived from the Latin saying si vis pacem, para bellum, meaning If you wish for peace, prepare for war."  (Flavius Vegetius, no less.)  The term has also evolved as the name of several cartridges, including the 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge adopted by NATO and the 7.65x22mm Parabellum known as the .30 Luger in the USA.  "The term may be used to refer to one of these cartridges, or to a German, Austrian or Swiss pistol chambered for one of those cartridges. The 9x19mm Parabellum is one of the most widely used pistol cartridges.  The phrase a Parabellum usually refers to the Luger P08 pistol.  The term may also apply to the Parabellum MG14 machine gun."  (Thanks Wiki.)  It is also the adopted moniker of one of our favorite commentators on this blog.  Being "old school", I happen to believe that if you want peace you must "prepare for war", although I am also well aware of studies that show that nations are far more likely to go to war if they have the means to do so.  Unfortunately, that's the world we live in - nations must be able to defend themselves.