Quotes of the day 25th February 2022

1) "What this country needs is a short, victorious war to stem the tide of revolution."

(V.K. Pleve, Russian minister of the interior, in 1905, immediately before the Russo-Japanese war which proved to be less than short and anything but victorious.)


Acknowledgement to David Weber who used both of these quotes as a preface to his novel "The Short Victorious War"

If Mad Vlad had any sense he would have learned this lesson from history - governments who start a conflict hoping that a short victorious war will bolster their position have usually found this the worst, and sometimes the last, mistake they ever made.


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