Category Archives: Russia

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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Benefits

“Distrust and caution are the parents of security.” So thought Benjamin Franklin, and who would argue? And security, like the good child it is, may from time to time be called upon to help its parents. Perhaps none is more … Continue reading

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Quo Vadis

“There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling of order lying behind the appearance.” Which may have been true for Albert Einstein, grappling … Continue reading

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The Terminal

“Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighbourhoods.” So remarked George W. Bush and, I suppose, if your neighbourhood is in Texas, you are … Continue reading

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Tower

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.” So thought Joseph Stalin, a man who knew a thing or two about ideas, not all of them good, … Continue reading

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Voice

“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” So Confucius tells us. Two superior – judged solely by the offices they hold at present, of course – men met at the White House in Washington … Continue reading

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