Politics & Bloodshed…

“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

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Diplomats & Journalists…

“How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read.” Karl Kraus (1874 to 1936) An Austrian journalist, critic, playwright, and poet who has been compared with Juvenal and Jonathan Swift for his satiric vision and command of language. In German literature he ranks… Read More

From Coal to Oil…

“ON THE EVE of the first world war a young Winston Churchill switched the Royal Navy from coal to oil. As Daniel Yergin put it in his book“The Prize”, the reliance on doubtful supplies of oil from Persia rather than Welsh coal turned energy security into a question of national strategy. Churchill responded that “safety and certainty in oil… Read More

A Conquering Strategy…

“Our strategy is to destroy the enemy from within, to conquer him through himself.” Adolf Hitler (1889 to 1945) Adolf Hitler is one of the most well-known – and reviled – figures in history. As the leader of Nazi Germany, he orchestrated both World War II and the Holocaust, events that led to the deaths… Read More

Weapons: Intellectual vs Military…

“People have killed only when they could not achieve their aim in other ways … there is a broadened strategy, with intellectual weapons … Why should I demoralize the enemy by military means if I can do so better and more cheaply in other ways?” Adolf Hitler (1889 to 1945) Adolf Hitler is one of… Read More

The Purpose of War is…

“The purpose of war is to support your government’s decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him … but to make him do what you want him to do. Not killing … but controlled and purposeful violence. But it’s not your business or mine to decide the… Read More

Enemies & Allies…

“Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.” W.L. George (1882 to 1926) Anglo-French writer: born of British parents, but grew up in Paris and did not learn English until the age of twenty. Chiefly known for his popular fiction, which included feminist, pacifist, and pro-labour themes.