Category Archives: Russia

Safe

“An alliance with a powerful person is never safe.” The words of the Roman poet, Phaedrus, which are suddenly apposite as the Polish prime minister, Beata Szydło, said on Tuesday morning that there will be a government reshuffle within the … Continue reading

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Energy Independence

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together”. The words of US publisher Malcolm Forbes. And, when it comes to Poland’s gas needs, diversity of supply to lessen dependence on gas supplies from Russia is the objective, with the longer term … Continue reading

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Truth

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” The words of Isaac Newton, which are worth remembering in an age when so many leaders seem not so much economical with the … Continue reading

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Crash

“The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; high towers fall with a heavier crash; and lightning strikes the highest mountain.” The words of Horace which remind us that accidents happen even to the highest in the land. Or, … Continue reading

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Security

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.” The words of Douglas MacArthur. And, on the threats from without, Thomas … Continue reading

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Tone

“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” The famous words of Winston Churchill, who was dealing with the Soviet Union under Stalin rather than Russia under Putin. The world has changed – not always for the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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