18 FebruaryLondon, England
The history of war is that of one man building on another’s foundations. The flashy and unscrupulous seem to come to the top. The public are very childlike: they like something that rattles. It is the age of publicity, which means that the most illiterate of trades, that of newspaper writing, becomes dominant. Judgement is handed over to the unjudicial. The man of words is treated as a man of action, providing the words are sufficiently rhetorical to reach the ears of a press reporter.