Thursday, 16 June 2011

Statesmen and princes

Oh, I’d guessed there was steel inside my drunken, avid little houri, but hardly of the temper that could slaughter scores of thousands of men just for her own political convenience and personal comfort. Mind you, what other reasons do statesman and princes ever have for making war, when all the sham’s been stripped away?

Flashman and the Mountain of Light, pp.205-06, Fontana Paperback edition, 1991.

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