"There will be no war, but in the struggle for peace not a stone will be left standing."
A Russian joke from the 1950s, cited by John le Carré in A Legacy of Spies, which I just finished reading. For those who read and enjoyed The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and the other Smiley novels, this is a well-crafted prequel. For someone unfamiliar with those works, this would be a more difficult read.
Reposted from 2017 to note the passing of John le Carré.