Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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     Don't say it's hate. Call it recognition.

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     Agreements are for the weaker party to enforce.

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     Thanks to the efforts of our statesmen world uncertainty has been maintained.

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     ...in the interest of peace, they struck against the invader with all their might

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     In the name of peace no foreign sacrifice is too great.

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     There are powers great and small. There are also powerless great and small.

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     Localizing the conflict: Leaving the victim to his fate. Liquidating the conflict: cutting off his legs.

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     It's not so bad; if they hadn't sold us they would have given us away for nothing.

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     ...we at least know what we have lost.

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     At least there is progress in the world: instead of warring aggression we have aggression without war.

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     Failure: not using opportunity. Success: abusing opportunity.

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     The old story is true: sometimes the walls can come down with a single shout. But you can't build anything with a shout.

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     What misery, arousing such sympathy!

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     At least there is some economy there: being betrayed by yourself.

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     Even at the pyre there is someone heating up their soup.

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     The only one who truly believes is the one whose work looks forward.

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     To build it back up again...it is worth one's life.

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     Unhappy, maybe, but at least not unimportant!

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     So you see, there are those people who would themselves give up more than just territory.

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     The only new people are those that are equal to new challenges.

LN, 16 October 1938