Quote of the day 24th August 2021

Tacitus was referring to the Roman Empire.

In our own era, both the advocates of "Liberal intervention" and those who advocate a more isolationist policy need to beware of the danger that their policy may have this effect.

Tacitus' warning should not be used just as a slogan to throw at people we may disagree with - just as the aftermath of the Iraq invasion shows how badly a well-meant military action can go wrong, so Syria shows what can happen when the West declines to intervene and the present situation in Afghanistan shows how a badly managed withdrawal from an overseas intervention can make matters worse.


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