Learning period…

“They’ll be no learning period with nuclear weapons. Make one mistake an you’re going to destroy nations.” 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 the nation’s military involvement in the Vietnam War. Advertisements… Read More

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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

Steel Nails…

“A good man does not make a warrior, just as good steel does not go for nails.” Confucius (551 to 479 BCE) Confucius, Pinyin romanisation Kongfuzi, or Kongzi, Wade-Giles K’ung-fu-tzu, or K’ung-tzu, original name Kongqiu, literary name Zhongni, was China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, whose ideas have influenced the civilisation of East… Read More

Short Decisive Wars & Human Illusions…

“The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appear to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.” Robert Lynd (1892 to 1970) Robert Staughton Lynd, and Helen Lynd, were a husband-and-wife team of American sociologists who collaborated on the Middletown books, which became classics of sociological literature as well… Read More

War & the State…

“Without war no State could be. All those we know of arose through war, and the protection of their members by armed force remains their primary and essential task. War, therefore, will endure to the end of history, as long as there is a multiplicity of states.” Heinrich von Treitschke (1834 to 196) Heinrich von… Read More