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On Killing - Section 3, Killing and Physical Distance: From a Distance You Don't Look Anything Like a Friend: Chapter 4, Killing at Close Range: Summary & Analysis

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Section 3, Killing and Physical Distance: From a Distance You Don't Look Anything Like a Friend: Chapter 4, Killing at Close Range: Summary and Analysis

In this chapter, the officer and psychologist goes into what happens to soldiers when confronted at close range. Even at war, a huge proportion of mankind will suddenly decide not to kill. In one case, a man in Jerusalem faced an enemy, who he had no choice but to kill or be killed. He freezes but then fires, killing the young enemy soldier. After, he drops his weapon and cries. Two other "no kill" scenarios occurred in which the WWII soldiers jump into a ditch and smoke cigarettes. The last case is where a VC (Viet Cong) emerges out of the jungle in...

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