Category Archives: Russia

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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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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