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Gregory Benford

"The chivalric, "knightly" mode of combat is deeply-rooted in our culture, possibly even in our genes. When hominids fight for dominance, they have to show mercy to their defeated foes, because there's no point in displaying dominance over a dead guy. But nation-states don't follow the same rules."
Quite so, and USA policy has always been to minimize our casualties, max the enemy's. That's how nations work.

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