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Hugh. The world would be so much better without people willing to die - and kill - for them. As long as people think of the nation state as more important than their own lives, there'll be people manipulating them in wars of profit and glory.

I'd bet one of the more important reasons for peace within western Europe in the last fifty years is that it is getting pretty hard to find people willing to die for their country. I'm thankful for that.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 at 07:44:28 AM EST
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I entirely agree, and I would go further.  It is not a secret that people don't want to die for their country, they want to make the country do what it needs to so no one need die for its failures.

The corollary is not to kill someone else for their country.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson

by NearlyNormal on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 at 09:12:53 AM EST
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