“Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.”
Machiavelli, Florentine History (1532)*
Machiavelli made this remark with reference to a long-forgotten Italian war of the fourteenth century, but the truth is timeless and dangerous to forget. When you start a war, you make an enemy. The longer you fight that war, the more enemies you make. And enemies do not just shrug their shoulders if you say you want to quit and go home.
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