Saturday, February 28, 2009

Iain O'Brien and English military history

Reading Iain O'Brien's blog on the T20 games against the Indians is a bit like reading English military history. For the guiding principle of the English military historian is that glorification of a vanquished opponent's abilities can only redound to the praise of your own (c.f Wellington on Napoleon, Montgomery on Rommel etc). Its an art in its own right, not mastered by all yet. Gloating is silly, and for short-sighted chumps. And in this case, premature. But the central lesson is truly worth imbibing: humility adds to glory.

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Blogger Jaunty Quicksand said...

This is the latest in "mental disintegration", I fear. Praise your opponents so much they either believe your tales or they cannot get themselves to thump the living bejeesus out of you. Either way, O'Brien is a good foot soldier in that endeavor, it appears.

Some more on that here:

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