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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-19-05 12:58 PM
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17. All Military Organizations, My Friend, Are Killing Machines
About the only better formulation would be "killing organisms," as there always seems to me something a little wrong with mechanical metaphors for living things.

It is well known to students of the military trade that occupation duties are extraordinarily corrosive to military forces: discipline and order in military organizations stands up much better to daily attrition rates of two or three percent than it does to policing a hostile population, even when virtually no asualties attend the duty.

"If you want to test a man's character, do not give him adversity: give him power."
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