Man is always in danger – from traffic, from germs, from a hundred-and-one things. As well be killed one way as another. The moment you begin being careful of yourself – adopting as your motto ‘Safety First’ – you might as well be dead.
In war you do not exercise the right of private judgement. That is what is so dangerous. Once a man is imbued with the idea that he knows who ought to be allowed to live and who ought not – then he is halfway to becoming the most dangerous killer there is – the arrogant criminal who kills not for profit – but for an idea. He has usurped the functions of le bon Dieu.