Advance, Retreat, Die…

“Follow me if I advance! Kill me if I retreat! Revenge me if I die!” Ngo Dinh Diem on becoming president of Vietnam (1901 to 1963) (1954, from The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations) Ngo Dinh Diem was a Vietnamese political leader who served as president, with dictatorial powers, of what was then South Vietnam,… Read More


Oh no you won’t!

“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!” Nikita Khrushchev (1894 to 1971) Nikita Khrushchev, in full Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, was the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64) and premier of the Soviet Union (1958-64) whose policy of de-Stalinisation had widespread repercussions throughout… Read More

Obsolete weapons…

“Obsolete weapons do not deter.” Margaret Thatcher (1925 to 2013) Margaret Thatcher , in full Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, née Margaret Hilda Roberts, was a British Conservative Party politician and prime minister (1979-90), Europe’s first woman prime minister. The only British prime minister in the 20th century to win three consecutive terms… Read More

Just Shake My Hand…

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” Attributed to Golda Meir (1898 to 1978) & Indira Gandhi (1917 to 1984) Golda Meir, original name Goldie Mabovitch, later Goldie Myerson was an Israeli politician who helped found the State of Israel (1948) and later served as its fourth prime minister (1969-74). She was the first… Read More


“The bastards have never been bombed like they’re going to be bombed this time.” Richard Nixon (1913 to 1994), during the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States (1969-74), who, faced with almost certain impeachment for his role in the Watergate scandal, became the first American… Read More

Democracy & Combat Deaths

“Fewer than one in 100,000 people have died in combat per year since 2000 – one-sixth the rate between 1950 and 2000, and one-fiftieth of that between 1900 and 1950.” (The Economist, 2018, p.89). Research by the Economist suggests there is a strong correlation between democracy and peace. A stark exception to this was the… Read More