Sexta-feira, 23 de Fevereiro de 2007

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Washington’s gifts were not immediately evident. He seemed unable to win battles, not that he had much help from troops always ready to desert, or from the corrupt Continental Congress that kept him ill-supplied. “On our side,” he wrote Congress in September 1776, “the wars should be defensive.” He had little choice. He was in constant retreat, which annoyed his glory-hunting aide. But Washington was winning in his own way. If he could hold together his army long enough, the British would tire and go home. In the end, only Washington’s majestic presence kept the army together. He was also lucky in is British counterparts: mediocrities to a man. (One British observer noted, “Any general in the world other than General Howe would have beaten General Washington; and any general in the world other than General Washington would have beaten General Howe.”). Finally, the French fleet came to Washington’s aid at Yorktown, and that was the end of that revolution.

 

Gore Vidal – “Inventing a Nation”

 

Esta passagem, referente à revolução americana, poderia também aplicar-se à Câmara Municipal de Lisboa. Carmona é um general medíocre, e que só está onde está porque derrotou medíocres. Na actual batalha pelo controlo da autarquia lisboeta – batalha de medíocres – Carmona sabe que tem a seu favor a passagem do tempo. Resta-lhe por isso tentar resistir. Mas, para isso, precisa de duas coisas: de ter carisma suficiente para aguentar as tropas, e de reforços (do partido) que venham em seu auxílio. Coisas que estão longe de estarem asseguradas.

 

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