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About a week after the disaster I was sitting opposite a well known British newspaper commentator who said, Well I s'pose after a bit it will all be the same again, won't it? and I looked at him with complete astonishment. I thought, I just cannot believe it. How on earth can you think that?
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Civilians find themselves in the direct line of fire for the first time in the warfare of civilized nations. There was the Hitler genocide policy against the Jews, various other nationalities. minorities who were on his black list.
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Even a pacifist should admire the military virtues.
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Every optimistic idea that one had suddenly flopped.
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Good men who exercise power are really the most fascinating of all people.
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Homosapiens have been about for 40,000 years.
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I am a military historian and I've never been to war, and there must be some explanations. The medical officer at the army recruiting center took one look at me and signed me off. I'm completely unfit for military service.
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I am getting rather lame. I'm going to be 60 this year.
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I can't visualize the situation in which we nuke ourselves into extinction.
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I didn't get a proper education, but I did get a strange sort of view on life.
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I do despise the direction that university history writing has taken, in which enormous effort and years of work are given to writing books which really only interest a few hundred others.
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I don't look to find an educated person in the ranks of university graduates, necessarily. Some of the most educated people I know have never been near a university.
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I don't think it's so much the material achievements of Islam, which were considerable in their day, which is so important to them as the true belief that Islam is the only thing in this world.
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I don't think that what's going on in Bosnia is political activity. It's partly political, but it's partly atavistic as well.
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I have a great American readership. It's not the only reason I love the United States, but it's one of the reasons.
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I knew what Kipling meant when he said that a sort of demon, a sort of spirit descends and your hand moves in an unconscious way. I still enjoyed writing, very much, indeed.
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I should think that Osama bin Laden, when he goes down to say his daily prayers, says, please God bring me nuclear weapons. And it won't just be one nuclear weapon, they'll let off six at the same time in six of the world's greatest cities.
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I suppose it's very difficult not to impose your subsequent memories on what you actually do remember. But the Americans were different.
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I suspect that Mao owes a great deal of his success to the Japanese.
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I taught at Sandhurst, which is Britain's West Point, which has the most wonderful library. Its origins go back to the 18th century. Most of what I know in life, I learned in the Sandhurst library.
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I think Americans like the practical; they like the human. And I like both those things myself, and I try and put them into my books.
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I think that black Africa is extremely terrifying. Black Africa can become a maelstrom of warring tribes without the outside world needing to feel the need to do anything about it.
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I think to be shot in a mountain valley somewhere or other is altogether less glorious than crashing an airliner into a skyscraper.
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I was in flat on my back in bed for year after year and in a ward full of young men who'd come back from the war.
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I went to America when I was very young, and I've been there many, many times in my life and I think I've got a feel for America. It's certainly a country that I am deeply devoted to, tremendously interested in.
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I would say a soldier has mortgaged his life. I think a pacifist is the same, except, perhaps, his willingness to sacrifice his life never goes.
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I'm quite unsuited to being a soldier.
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I've got a sort of an 18th century view of what being educated is, which is having read the major works of literature, having an understanding of the broad periods of history into which the world's past is divided, perhaps speaking another language.
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I've never really written for my fellow historians.
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If we can satisfy ourselves that it's limited to an identifiable number of groups and we can get rid of them quickly, I think things could go on as they are. But I'm not very hopeful. When I think about it I grow very, very pessimistic.
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If we put affairs into the hands of a nascent international justice system, we could be here for years and years and years. We could be here while the first nuclear terrorist outrage takes place.
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If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower epitomizes the natural American gentleman.
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In the First World War, there were many killed by direct military action. There wasn't much collateral death, as it's come to be called-a bombing or, I guess, civilian deaths as a byproduct of fighting.
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In the Second World War, there are an awful lot of collateral deaths, 2 million Germans killed by bombing, probably a million Japanese killed by civilians, by bombing.
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It was truly unprecedented, what they did, and so horrifyingly spectacular, that for a moment one thought, well, it has no connection with anything.
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It's a necessary quality of a diplomat or a politician that he will compromise. Uncompromising politicians or diplomats get you into the most terrible trouble.
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It's commonly said that people who've been ill in childhood and who've had an upset education never really regret that they do. It means that you don't look at the world in the way that other people do, and if you were inclined to be a writer, that's a help.
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Jeeps are the thing I remember most because nobody in England had ever seen anything like a jeep. And if you were 10 years old, it made an even stronger impression. Every 10-year-old English boy wanted to have a drive in a jeep, and I did get to.
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Men killing other men really is an extraordinary phenomenon. Why does it happen? And how long has it gone on? And have the motives changed?
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My father had been a soldier in the First World War, and that was an influence. You have to choose a subject if you go to a university, and I chose history.
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Nobody should teach anywhere for 25 years, but I did.
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Nobody should teach military history for 25 years; I did.
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Oh, a conflict is avoidable in the sense that you could just sit and wait for it, but if we don't want another occurrence then we have to attempt to eliminate them. It's really as harsh as that.
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Right here, 50 years ago when I was 10 years old, the place was alive with the apparatus of war. We were all interested-if you were 10 years old.
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Soldiers, when committed to a task, can't compromise. It's unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it's been done.
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Some little boys are interested in history; I was. I can remember liking child's history books more than the other sort of child's book.
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Some people are more terrorist than others.
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The great Chinese classics have always said that it's better not to fight; that the clever man achieves his ends without violence; that a battle delayed is better than a battle fought.
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The great men of power who seek to change the nations they belong to usually are pretty terrible people.
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The Islam of the 18th, 19th and first half of the 20th century was a poor thing. Nobody bothered about it. Islam was that funny sort of pure system of beliefs that depressed people in the Middle East held as their religion.
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The leader of men in warfare can show himself to his followers only through a mask, a mask that he must make for himself, but a mask made in such form as will mark him to men of his time and place as the leader they want and need.
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The revival of Islam dates from the early years of the 20th century. It was brought about by their humiliation, by their sense of how low they'd fallen compared with the West.
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The suspicion grows that battle has already abolished itself.
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The world is dividing itself into those who believe that world order should be based on an international system of criminal investigation and trial.
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There are certain wicked people in the world that you can't deal with except by force.
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There was nothing like the trouble that there was in South Africa.
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There's some evidence that Gaddafi of Libya got much less keen on sponsoring terrorism since America bombed him in 1986.
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There's this awful danger that they'll get their hands on nuclear weapons. Because they don't care.
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Those who say if you put lawyers in charge, nothing ever happens. And that's the soldiers' view and the view of government in countries like the United States and Britain.
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We may have to have a geo-political regrouping or major geo-political changes.
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Well, if they are trying to kill you, on the whole they're the people you have to kill, aren't they?
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Where are the roots to this conflict? They're in the history of the Arab conquests and of the rise and spread and fall and rise of Islam.
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You can see that it has its roots in Islamic, but particularly Arab Islamic, style of war, that goes back to the 7th century AD.
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