From Homage to Catalonia
It will never be possible to get a completely accurate and unbiased account … …, because the necessary records to not exist. Future historians will have nothing to go on except a mass of accusations and party propaganda. I myself have little data beyond what I saw with my own eyes and what I have learned from other eye-witnesses whom I believe to be reliable
There are occasions when it pays better to fight and be beaten than not to fight at all.