The lesson of World War II: If nations really want peace, they must prepare for war

Despite Yoko Ono and the late John Lennon, formerly of the Beatles, who crooned "All we are saying, is give peace a chance," such statements of attaining peace are naive and have ended badly.    Some 2000 years ago the Roman philosopher Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, better understood human nature:  Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war.  Successful military strategists throughout history, whatever their ultimate goals, realized that the safety and peace of their countries depended on their country's military readiness and strength, not just the kind words from the other side, written on a piece of paper.   However, eight decades ago, most of a battered Europe still suffering from the ravages of World War l that devastated the continent over 20 years earlier, was in no mood to fight again.  But Germany, under Adolf Hitler, was.  And so...(Read Full Post)
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