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Quote of the day: Orwell on soldiers

Tom Ricks's quote of the day.

Picture taken during the Spanish Civil War in the
MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 1: Picture taken during the Spanish Civil War in the late 30s of Republicans fighting in a street of an unidentified town against nationalist rebels. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

“Nearly all soldiers—and this applies even to professional soldiers in peacetime—have a sane attitude towards war. They realise that it is disgusting, and that it may often be necessary.”—George Orwell, August 1944

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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