Against This Torrent

Against This Torrent

Against This Torrent

Against This Torrent

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More than 300 YEARS AGO, FRANCIS BACON POINTED out that the ability of a nation to defend itself depended less upon its material possessions than upon the spirit of its people--that its stocks of gold were of less importance than the iron of determination in the body politic: "Walled towns, stored arsenals and armories, goodly races of horses, chariots of war, elephants, ordnance, artillery and the like; all this is but a sheep in a lion's skin, except the breed and disposition of the people be stout and warlike. Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for (as Virgil saith), It never troubles a wolf how many the sheep be. "Neither is money the sinews of war. . . . For Solon well said to Croesus (when in ostentation he shewed him his gold), Sir, if any other come that hath better iron than you, he will be master of all this gold." What was the wisdom of statecraft in 1625 is equally wisdom today. Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf : "The question of regaining Germany's power is not, perhaps, How can we manufacture arms? but, How can we produce that spirit which enables a people to bear arms? Once this spirit dominates a people, the will finds a thousand ways, each of which ends with arms! . . ."

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