The Minister

The war council was awaiting his decision.

In his chambers, he had thought for a long time.  In weighing all the options before him, he had come to a surprising conclusion. 

Fighting would bring disaster.  So would surrender.  The best option was to do nothing, and wait until their enemies were consumed by their own fire.

But this conclusion had taken days, weeks of deliberation and weighing of alternatives.  The king was waiting.  He could not say that he had taken all this time, to merely present a result that did…nothing.

We must wage war, he announced.