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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The father of my wife was colonel in the French Air Army. He was believing that the goal of a modern army of a democratic country is to ultimately protect civilians and peace. He participated in a lot of wars and of military actions. -- He left the army after the [first] Gulf War, disgusted by what he considered to be a betrayal of the army's mission.
    • Same thing for my grand-father, also colonel in the French army. Anyone believing that protection of the civilians is at the top of the priority list in the current war is deluding himself. It's in the list somewhere, but far from the top.

      Oh, and "chirurgical" really means "if it really does work and hit its target, then it'll completely devastate an area 300 metres around it, and break things and injure people up to a kilometre away". That's why you don't bomb urban areas when you want to protect civilians, because it simply is not possible.

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      -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

      • Anyone believing that protection of the civilians is at the top of the priority list in the current war is deluding himself. It's in the list somewhere, but far from the top.

        Of course. It can't be the top goal. The top goal is to achieve the political objectives of the war. That always must be the top goal. If you can't commit to that, you shouldn't be in the war business.