Winston Churchill saw his first combat experience in a frontier conflict in modern Pakistan. He wrote a book to describe his experience (complete with what were, at the time, controversial political recommendations).
A junior officer in his early 20s, Churchill rightly feared criticism for his perceived lack of experience. So, he pre-emptively defended:
There will not be wanting those who will remind me, that in this matter my opinion is not supported by age or experience. To such I shall reply, that if what is written is false or foolish, neither age nor experience should fortify it; and if it is true, it needs no such support.
This is not to say the young and inexperienced cannot be grievously wrong. But the assumption that the older are necessarily wiser, or even better informed, is perhaps more damaging. [Read more…] about Neither Age Nor Experience: Saddam’s Parting Thoughts