124.Your position, therefore, from whatever quarter you may view it, will amply
justify you in going to war; and this step we recommend in the interests of all, bearing in mind that
identity of interests is the surest of bonds whether between states or
individuals.Delay not, therefore, to assist Potidaea, a Dorian city besieged by
Ionians, which is quite a reversal of the order of things; nor to assert the freedom of the rest.It is impossible for us to wait any longer when waiting can only mean
immediate disaster for some of us, and, if it comes to be known that we have
conferred but do not venture to protect ourselves, like disaster in the near
future for the rest.
Delay not, fellow allies, but convinced of the necessity of the crisis and
the wisdom of this counsel, vote for the war, undeterred by its immediate
terrors, but looking beyond to the lasting peace by which it will be
succeeded.Out of war peace gains fresh stability, but to refuse to abandon repose for
war is not so sure a method of avoiding danger.
We must believe that the tyrant city that has been established in Hellas
has been established against all alike, with a programme of universal
empire, part fulfilled, part in contemplation; let us then attack and reduce it, and win future security for ourselves and
freedom for the Hellenes who are now enslaved.’Such were the words of the Corinthians.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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