These are enormous losses, but for none of them is any general to blame.
Philip does not hold any of these advantages as a concession made with your
consent in the terms of peace. We owe them all to these men and to their
venality. If, then, Aeschines shirks the issue, if he tries to lead you astray
by talking of anything rather than the charges I bring, I will tell you how to
receive his irrelevance. “We are not sitting in judgement on any
military commander. You are not being tried on the charges you refute. Do not
tell us that this man or that man is to blame for the destruction of the
Phocians; prove to us that you are not to blame. If Demosthenes committed any
crime, why bring it up now? Why did you not lay your complaint at the statutory
investigation of his conduct? For that silence alone you deserve your doom.