But why need I say more? Decimus Brutus is attacked. Is not that war? Mutina
is besieged. Is not even that war?
is laid waste. What peace can
be more assured than this? Who can think of calling that war? We have sent forth
a consul, a most gallant man, with an army, who, though he was in a weak state
from a long and serious illness, still thought he ought not to make any excuse
when he was summoned to the protection of the republic. Caius Caesar, indeed,
did not wait for our decrees; especially as that conduct of his was not unsuited
to his age. He undertook war against Antonius of his own accord; for there was
not yet time to pass a decree; and he saw that, if he let slip the opportunity
of waging war, when the republic was crushed it would be impossible to pass any
decrees at all.