Sunday, June 24, 2018

Quote of the day 24th June 2018

"There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare."

(Sun Tzu, the Art of War)


Jim said...

I guess you could, just so long as you are not fighting in it and are supplying both sides.

Chris Whiteside said...

Yes, an arms dealer might, but not the country as a whole.

Of course, he was writing a very long time ago but off the top of my head I cannot think of a case where any country emerged better off from a very long war, although the calculus of loss and benefit from war is extremely complex