Ninjas spend more than anyone else on tools of warfare. Is this what drives us to embrace a cycle of endless war?
Every kunai that is made, every explosive tag launched, every shuriken thrown signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of outfitting and training one ninja platoon is this: a modern ninja academy in more than 3 cities. It is two windmills, each serving a town of 600 population. It is a fine, fully equipped hospital. It is some fifty miles of usable roads. We pay for a single skirmish with a hundred thousand bushels of wheat. We pay for a battle with new homes that could have housed more than 4,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. Is there no other way the ninja world may live?