War as a lifestyle

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December 28, 2011
by Butler Shaffer  
Posted in Commentary

"There is an unavoidable arrogance that accompanies those who want to exercise the state’s monopoly on the use of violence. Like teenagers who go off to war with the sense that they are indestructible, politicians and other government officials behave as though their actions are never going to be called to account. War crimes trials, they tell themselves, are for victors to impose upon the losers. And what powerful political personality would dare allow his or her mind to consider the possibility that their side would ever face defeat?" (12/28/11)


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