Joyanna Adams

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Nobody Remembers Otto Von Bismarck

Nobody Remembers

Plan All the Way Till The End

That’s the 29th law of power, according to the book ‘Power’.

For instance: In 1863, the Prussian Premier Otto von Bismarck looked around Europe. The main players were England, France, and Austria. Prussia wasn’t very powerful. Bismarck set his goal: Make Prussia Great Again!

Just kidding. He just wanted to put Prussia on the map. Prussia wasn’t really very great. (Apologies to my Prussian great-grandparents.)

So, he started a war with lowly Denmark to get back the Prussian lands of Schleswig-Holstein. He got Austria to join him, claiming it was for THEIR benefit. After the war was over, he claimed the lands for Prussia. The Austrian were furious, but they gave the Prussians Schleswig. A year later they sold them Holstein. The Austrians were weakened, and Prussia was growing.

Then in his next move, Bismarck got King William of Prussia to withdraw from the German Federation and go to war with Austria. Of course, the King was against this, but somehow Bismarck dragged him into it, pulled it off, and defeated the Austrians in the brutal Seven Weeks War.
(How long have we been in Afghanistan?) (Can we tell the UN to pass a sensible law like: All wars must last only a month?)

This put the Prussians as the dominate power in Germany and the head of a newly formed North German Confederation.

The French and the English were comparing Bismarck to Attila the Hun, and sure enough, he went to war with France…and beat the armies of Napoleon the III, but Bismarck, went against his own generals and did NOT take any of France’s land.

And then…to everyone’s surprise he stopped with the wars.

What?

He made the Prussian King of the German Empire and himself the Prince. He added a lot of land and made Germany more powerful.
And he didn’t want to go any further. He just wanted Prussia to be the big cheese in Germany.

The lesson here is that when powerful people reach their goals, they can’t help but want MORE…and that’s their downfall. Bismarck, set his goal, reached it, and spent the rest of his life just keeping it all safe.

So, in historical perspectives, it’s clear it’s President Trump’s goal is to “Make America Great Again.” And he has told everyone, that’s pretty much it.

Make America Great Again.

And he is working hard everyday on just that goal.

Of course, Germany then produced Hitler and now they have Merkel, and both of them didn’t know when to quit.
In the end, the lesson:

Bismarck never let triumph to his head, was never tempted by the siren call of more. He held the reins tightly, and whenever the generals, or the king, or the Prussian people demanded new conquests, he held them back. Nothing would spoil the beauty of his creation, certainly not a false euphoria that pushed those around him to attempt to go past the end that he had so carefully planned.

As for Russia? Otto and Donald certainly agree.

 

August 9, 2018 - Posted by | History, Uncategorized | ,

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