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The Brexit saga as a Greek tragedy:

Britain needs a last-minute Greek lesson

Imagine a state that embarks on a suicidal national adventure because of lies and a refusal to listen to experts. Imagine an island nation that destroys itself because its negotiators live in a fantasy land and cannot see the point of view of a more powerful adversary.

Brexit Britain? Well, yes and no.

These are also two of the most notorious (and bloody) episodes in the calamitous war between Athens and Sparta that ripped Greece apart some 2,500 years ago. It's a conflict that the British would do well to study. There's a useful lesson: Even at the 11th hour, a deal can be done.

Luckily, it's easy to read up on the war between Athens and Sparta. A veteran of the conflict called Thucydides wrote an account of it, and his book is a masterpiece of political psychology and strategy. The Brexit parallels are stark.

(Spoiler alert: it doesn't end well)

by Bernard on Wed Feb 27th, 2019 at 08:01:57 PM EST

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