Retreat is a strange world. As a pacifist, I am no war strategist. Yet I do know enough to say that generally retreat is not a good thing. In politics, retreats show a misjudgement of popular opinion. A government proposes a policy, faces harsh condemnation for this policy, and then must retreat from this policy. In chess, to make a retreat shows signs of weakness. Retreats rarely seem to be a good thing.