Category Archives: Defence

Patriotism

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” So said Samuel Johnson, according to Boswell. The line was not, of course, as has become widely believed about patriotism in general, but rather a criticism of what Johnson regarded to be … Continue reading

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They Will Not Win

“When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.” So thought Winston Churchill. And whether Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) Government is actually fighting a war, and whether it is thus … Continue reading

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Ombudsman

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?” Juneval’s famous question, who will guard the guards themselves, might reasonably be asked of any persons in positions power, and none more so than governments. Even governments with democratic credentials need to be kept under scrutiny … Continue reading

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Solidarity

It has become a cliché, the verbal equivalent of the Twitter hashtag in place of action, but President Duda of Poland believes that NATO is now sending out a signal of “solidarity” in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine. … Continue reading

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The Summit

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” The words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who certainly knew a thing or two about fighting. And if … Continue reading

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Soldiers

‘Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.” The words of Euripdes, and just as well because we – the European part of NATO – after years of defence cuts and relying on the United States are … Continue reading

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Under Fire

“Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and forever.” The words of Leon Trotsky, founder and commander of the Red army with the title People’s Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs. These days titles are more mundane … Continue reading

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Energy

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” The words of Benjamin Franklin. And while Poland’s government remains persistent in its demands for a stronger NATO presence – preferably permanent – in this region, the Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, thinks that NATO … Continue reading

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Terror

“The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.” The words of Tony Blair which, … Continue reading

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The Fence

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” The words of J.R.R. Tolkein, and as applicable to the problems of the Middle East today as to those of Middle … Continue reading

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