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In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello.
In peace, like a wise man, he appropriately prepares for war.

This advice came from Horace in his Satires, used by modern advocates of a strong war machine as the best strategy for centuries and has yet to produce a lasting peace.

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