World War 1, Quote #7.

September 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

From “Why Nations Go To War” by John G. Stoessinger, published 1982

“Finally, one is struck with the overwhelming mediocrity of the personalities involved.  The character of each of the leaders, diplomats, or generals was badly flawed by arrogance, stupidity, carelessness, or weakness.  There was a pervasive tendency to place the preservation of one’s ego before the preservation of peace….  It was not fate or Providence that made these men fail so miserably.  It was their own evasion of responsibility.  As a result of their weakness a generation of Europe’s young men was destroyed….  Of all the cruelties that people have inflicted on one another, the most terrible has always been brought by the weak against the weak.”


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