Category Archives: Defence

Residence

“Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage, or my house when I propose to take a residence, so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life.” … Continue reading

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Borders

“Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face.” The words former French president Jacques Chirac which seem as fair a description as any other. But for one group is determined … Continue reading

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Where?

“Where are we? How did we get here? Why did we come? Where do we want to go? How do we want to get to where we want to go? How far do we have to go before we get … Continue reading

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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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