” If you shell a military base and happen to kill civilians, you have not committed a war crime, if you deliberately target cities and towns, you have. “


” No matter how many people you kill, using a machine gun in battle is not a war crime because it does not cause unnecessary suffering, it simply performs its job horrifyingly well. “


” If you get an infection, you get a fever, the fever is your body dealing with the infection. If you get traumatized, your mind and your brain have a reaction to that trauma. If you’re not dreaming about it, something’s probably wrong. “


” I think objectivity is like this strange myth that people think you’re supposed to achieve, but actually, the dirty little secret is that it’s not attainable any more than pure justice is attainable by the courts. “


” Well, you got to remember, bin Laden killed 3,000 Americans and, in some ways, he and his ideology killed tens of thousands of his fellow Muslims, including Pakistanis. I understand that that was provocative and complicated for Pakistan, but only if you accept the idea that he was an acceptable member of Pakistani society. “


” There are no journalistic ethics that transcend the value of human life. There are none. In a situation where you can save a human life, you must. There isn’t any conflict in my mind. “


” The combat environment has the effect of flattening out civilian identities. If you’re young or old, or a graduate from Harvard or the son of a farmer from Alabama, or if you’re gay or straight or good-looking or ugly: none of those things matters much in combat, as long as you can conform to the group expectations. “


” When you’re scared, you’re still hanging on to life. When you’re ready to die, you let it go. A sort of emptying out occurs, a giving up on the world that seems oddly familiar even if you’ve never done it before. “


” Of the primary emotions, fear is the one that bears most directly on survival. Children show fear. Adults try not to, maybe because it’s shameful, or, in some circumstances, dangerous. The fear response is automatic, though, and your body runs through its reflexes whether you want it to or not. “



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If you shell a military base and happen to kill civilians, you have not committed a war crime, if you deliberately target cities and towns, you have.
No matter how many people you kill, using a machine gun in battle is not a war crime because it does not cause unnecessary suffering, it simply performs its job horrifyingly well.


If you get an infection, you get a fever, the fever is your body dealing with the infection. If you get traumatized, your mind and your brain have a reaction to that trauma. If you
I think objectivity is like this strange myth that people think you
Well, you got to remember, bin Laden killed 3,000 Americans and, in some ways, he and his ideology killed tens of thousands of his fellow Muslims, including Pakistanis. I understand that that was provocative and complicated for Pakistan, but only if you accept the idea that he was an acceptable member of Pakistani society.
There are no journalistic ethics that transcend the value of human life. There are none. In a situation where you can save a human life, you must. There isn
The combat environment has the effect of flattening out civilian identities. If you
When you
Of the primary emotions, fear is the one that bears most directly on survival. Children show fear. Adults try not to, maybe because it
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