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All history of human conflict converges on the fact that without absolute intransigence of purpose no victory could ever be achieved, for it is always has been that the side that blinks is the one routes. It is equally true, conversely, that it is this same intransigence that has precipitated the most destructive wars of recent centuries. The art of statesmanship, then, is just as much the knowledge of when to show flexibility and when to grow backbone, at the time when the nation’s interest can no longer be served by accommodation. To advocate perpetually for peace, as it is for war, will be to court destruction.

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