Winning without fighting

The supreme Art of War is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c. 500 BCE The Art of War is one of those books that I’ve known about for decades: and for decades have been intending to read. I am sure I even have a copy somewhere. But I…

Lest we forget

When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.

I believe it is peace for our time.

My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep. — British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, 30 September…

The physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.

Despite the vision and farseeing wisdom of our wartime heads of state, the physicists have felt the peculiarly intimate responsibility for suggesting, for supporting, and in the end, in large measure, for achieving the realisation of atomic weapons. Nor can we forget that these weapons as they were in fact used dramatised so mercilessly the…

Speak softly

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. — Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelt used the expression to encapsulate his foreign policy of negotiating peacefully, whilst parading the power of his country’s military. Including sending a ‘Great White Fleet’ around the globe. I can no longer recall when I first heard this. Yet, in all that time…