“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
“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
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken (1880 to 1956) Henry Louis Mencken was an American journalist, controversialist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English,… Read More
“Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893 to 1976) Mao was the principal Chinese Marxist theorist, soldier, and statesman who led his country’s communist revolution. He was the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1935 until his death, and he was chairman (chief of state) of… Read More
“In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” Desiderius Erasmus (1469 to 1536) A Dutch humanist who was the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance, the first editor of the New Testament, and also an important figure in patristics and classical literature.
“You have rows of dominoes set up; you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is that it will go over very quickly.” Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 to 1969) 34th president of the United States (1953–1961), who had been supreme commander of the Allied forces in western Europe during… Read More
“Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874 to 1965) Conservative Prime Minister twice: from 1940 to 1945 (before being defeated in the 1945 general election by the Labour leader Clement Attlee) and from 1951 to 1955. A soldier (joined the Royal Cavalry in 1895) and part-time journalist (reported… Read More