“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
“The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.” William Westmoreland (1914 to 2005) William Childs Westmoreland was a US Army general who commanded US forces in the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968.
“I always thought we could go on like this. I didn’t think these people had the capacity to fight this way … to take this punishment.” Robert McNamara (1916 to 2009) Robert Strange McNamara was the US Secretary of Defence from 1961 to 1968 who revamped Pentagon operations and who played a major role in… 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
Globally, the suicide rate has fallen by 38% from its peak in 1994. As a result, over four million lives have been saved – more than four times as many people as were killed in combat over the same period. The decline has happened at different rates and different times in different parts of 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