Category Archives: Russia

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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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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Airplane

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” The words of Pericles. And, Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s governing Law and Justice party (PiS) is determined that … Continue reading

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