There are almost two weeks left to the presidential debates on foreign politics. Both candidates will be blowing smoke up the audience’s asses. To understand clearly what they are talking about, and what they really mean behind their noble-sounding invocations and pledges to liberty, peace and freedom, these quotations from the Montesquieu’s book Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline, may be quite helpful:
“These practices of the Romans were in no sense just particular actions occurring by chance. These were ever-constant principles, as may readily be seen from the fact that the maxims they followed against the greatest powers were precisely the ones they had followed, in the beginning, against the small cities around them.
While engaging in a great war, the senate pretended not to notice all sorts of wrongs, and waited in silence till the time for punishment had come. And if the people in question sent it the culprits, it refused to punish them, preferring to consider the whole nation criminal and reserving to itself a more useful vengeance.
Since they inflicted unbelievable evils upon their enemies, leagues were hardly ever formed against them, for the country furthest from the peril did not wish to venture closer.
Because of this, they were rarely warred upon, but always went to war at the time, in the manner, and with those that suited them. And of all the peoples they attacked, very few would not have borne all kinds of insults if the Romans had wanted to leave them in peace.”
Montesquieu, Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline, 1734 (CHAPTER VI. THE CONDUCT THE ROMANS PURSUED TO SUBJUGATE ALL PEOPLES)