# 34. “The only way to win World War III is never to have to fight it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower, a professional soldier, knew when to stay out of a fight. In 1954 when the French were down on the ropes at their base in Diem Bien Phu in Indochina at the hands of the Vietnamese Communists they begged for U.S. military intervention, including American paratroopers and, according to Ike’s vice-president Richard Nixon, dropping an atom bomb or two.
Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military intervention in Yemen, is the world’s second-largest arms importer, according to a new report. Riyadh’s arms imports increased 212 percent compared with 2007–11, with the US remaining the world’s top weapons exporter.