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Otto von Bismarck

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If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans.
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As quoted by Winston Churchill in 'Why Should We Fear for our Future?,' his Final Review of the War, an address given on August 16, 1945 in the House of Commons.

 
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