Strategy: Great Games Old and New and Ideas
Eyeless, noseless, and lipless, asking a dole at the door.
Matun, the old blind beggar, he tells it o’er and o’er;
Fumbling and feeling the rifles, warming his hands at the
Hearing our careless white men talk of the morrow’s game;
Over and over the story, ending as he began:—
‘There is no truce with Adam-zad, the Bear that looks like a
—Rudyard Kipling, “The Truce of the Bear”
The last living thing that I attempted to shoot was a bear 37
years ago. Since then I have not [shot at anything] because I
have no desire to do so and the very idea is somewhat repug-
nant to me.
—Jawaharlal Nehru, 1954
The terrible war was over, the aggressor at last defeated. Exhausted after years of fighting and horrified by the bloodshed, the Western nations were tempted to turn away from the moral and strategic demands of the world system and resume their relative solipsism. But the danger on the horizon was too great to be ignored. And the expert, writing anonymously (though practically everyone knew who he was), sounded the alarm: Russia, the erstwhile ally on whose soil the enemy had come to grief, whose people had fought with a bravery so compelling as to inspire once-suspicious Westerners to hymns of praise, was “intoxicated” with its newfound power and bent on conquering the world. Having ex-