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Decide by David Wethey

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Chapter Eight

War

What we can learn from the way nations fight

War deserves its own chapter, because the stakes are so much higher:

That first evening I made a particular point of going up to the airport (in Pristina) to see Viktor Zavarzin, who was the Russian Commander. Russians are a wonderful mixture of stubbornness and sentimentality. It was a bit frosty to start with but I greeted them in Russian, pulled out a hip flask, gave them a slug of whisky and Zavarzin cheered up hugely. (General Sir Mike Jackson, later Chief of the General Staff, then − 1999 − Commander of KFOR in Kosovo)

    When a decision has to be made, make it. There is no totally right time for anything. (US Army General George S Patton, 1885−1945)

    Staggering irrationality ...

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