With a real government in Washington that understands that diplomacy is not the logical extension of war (to paraphrase Metternich), those professionals might even be able to end the war and build a peace.
On these terms Metternich was not unwilling to enter the campaign.
The anniversary of the country's unification has exposed long-running regional tensions and recalled Metternich's dismissive observation that Italy was nothing more than "a geographical expression".
Secret societies, such as Metternich had imagined, came into actual being.
Realists such as Metternich and Disraeli thought intervention would destroy the order of Europe, and the humanitarians -- or "atrocitarians," as Bass somewhat inelegantly calls them -- believed that the conscience of Europe must not be sacrificed on the altar of order.