B.H. Lidell Hart

Scipio Africanus. Greater than Napoleon


That Caesar's work is known universally, and Scipio little more than a name to the ordinary educated man, is a curious reflection on our historical standards, for one inaugurated the world dominion of Roman civilization, the other paved the way for its decay.”


How might the course of history have been changed had not Scipio's successors reversed his policy and entered upon the fateful path of annexation? When the Barbarian invasions came they found the Mediterranean world composed of States so thoroughly Romanised that they had long since forgotten the feel of their fetters … Instead of the ring of virile outposts planned by Scipio, a ring of political eunuchs.


These two quotes from the book sum up the author's admiration for Scipio, and successfully passes it on to the us, the readers. Concise and straightforward, the unconcealed admiration for the general -and the man as well- make up abundantly for the lack of more detailed information on campaigns, etc. due to probably the scarcity of records and also the nature of the book itself, which is not an account of Scipio's life and career, but a summary of his achievements and a comparative study with other famous generals and statesmen of all times.


As a brief introduction to the man and his times does the job well; as a historical read on a subject whatever it is more that entertaining and enjoying.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en Libertaddigital.com

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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