Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Too late..................

"Thus the whole and complete lesson is not that the Second World War was an avoidable 'war of choice.'  It is that the Nazis could and should have been confronted before they had fully re-armed and had begun to steal the factories and oilfields and coal mines and workers of neighboring countries.  As General Douglas MacArthur once put it, all military defeats can be summarized in two words: 'Too late.'  The same goes for political disasters."
-Christopher Hitchens, as excerpted from his essay, A War Worth Fighting, which savages Pat Buchanan's book, Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War  (Hitchens concludes his book review: "History may judge whether  the undesirability or the impossibility was the more salient objection, but any attempt to separate the two considerations is likely to result in a book that stinks, as this one unmistakably does.")

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