Is it that war is a luxury? Is it that we are fighting—to use a cant phrase of Mr Pitt's time—to secure indemnity for the past and security for the future? Are we to be the Don Quixotes of Europe, to go about fighting for every cause where we find that someone has been wronged? Richard Cobden (1804–1865), British economist and politician. Referring to the Crimean War. It is magnificent, but it is not war. Attributed to: Pierre Bosquet (1810–1861), French army officer. Referring to the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava. (October 25, 1854). They dashed on towards that thin red line tipped with steel. William Howard Russell (1821–1907), British journalist, November 14, 1854. Description of the Russian charge

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