1) P. 363, before World War II began:
…The Western Allies tended to underestimate Soviet power, particularly after the purges that crippled the armed forces and Soviet diplomacy after 1937. But they were not wrong in believing in the prewar years that whereas Hitler was threatening to kill millions of people, Stalin had already done so.
2) P. 368 (at the “Afterword”), very much worth the read itself:
I conceived and wrote this book partly while contemplating the world from my home halfway up a mountain in Japan. Thinking about World War I while watching the rise of geopolitical competition and strident nationalism in east Asia is not a comforting experience…As depressing is my belief that a century after 1914 our main defence against this happening is remains the awesome deterrent of nuclear weapons.
Sigh. What is one to make of man, woman, whatever? Relevant:
With the cockpit in the South China Sea especially in mind (with, for some reason, the US Navy speaking most publicly for the US government–bit odd that).
Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds