Highly civilized human beings are trying to kill me

Julia has left a new comment on your post “Is mankind so evil that we need to be terrorised“: 

A quote from George Orwell, taken from The Lion and The Unicorn, which shows how easily we are led to harm each other….

As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.
They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are ‘only doing their duty’, as the saying goes. Most of them, I have no doubt, are kind-hearted law-abiding men who would never dream of committing murder in private life. On the other hand, if one of them succeeds in blowing me to pieces with a well-placed bomb, he will never sleep any the worse for it. He is serving his country, which has the power to absolve him from evil.” 

Sometimes war is not so civilized, of course –

Irish camerman claims he was shot by Israelis

An Irish camerman claims he was shot in the back, leg and arm by the Israeli military while filming a protest in the Palestinian village of Silwad in the occupied West Bank yesterday.
Tommy Donnellan from Galway, who travelled to the West Bank in February, said he sustained three wounds from a rubber-coated steel bullets that punctured his left leg, and bruised his back and upper right arm.
Late last night a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “Neither Mr Donnellan nor the ISPC [Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign] have raised the incident with the Department. The Irish Embassy in Tel Aviv, who were in contact with Mr Donnellan following a previous incident, will be following up on this report.”
Mr Donnellan claims this is the third time he has been injured by the Israeli military. In March he sustained a wound from a rubber-coated steel bullet that punctured his upper right arm while filming a protest in Nabi Saleh. At the time, Mr Donnellan said he believed he was deliberately targeted because he was a journalist.
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