Mark Barnes Columnist

In the military, particularly in times of war, you must obey orders. There can be no questioning of authority, there can be no doubt. You are not being asked to do something that is reasonable or logically defensible. At any time in a “contact” (as engaging in hostile fire with the enemy is politely referred to) you may either die or kill someone you’ve never even met (let alone had the chance to decide whether you like or not).

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