FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Diplomat's Daily Quotable- from an Indian Notorious B.I.G.

The first quote reminds me of something Notorious B.I.G. would have said...had he been Indian and alive thousands of years ago.
Reprisal: "If the enemy fights deceitfully he should be paid in his own coin."
-The Mahabharta

The Mahabharata (Sanskrit Mahābhārata  is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, part of the Hindu history.  It has about one hundred thousand verses, about 1.8 million words total, and is roughly ten times the length of the Iliad and Odyssey combined.
     The story itself is about the dynastic struggle for the throne of Hastinapura, the kingdom ruled by the Kuru clan. The two branches of the family that participate in the struggle are the Kaurava and the Pandava.  Both branches claim to be first in line to inherit the throne.  And so the struggle begins...sounds like it would make a great movie.

Retreat: "Some battles are won only after retreat to a more advantageous ground."

True on so many levels...also, some battles aren't worth winning in my opinion...

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