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On Killing - Section 4, An Anatomy of Killing: All Factors Considered: Chapter 4, The Nature of The Victim: Relevance and Payoff Summary & Analysis

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In this chapter the author covers three essential factors: means, motive and opportunity. The dissuasive potential of familiarity is emphasized when at the end of the chapter there is a quote about Germans surrendering during World War II by holding out valuables and showing pictures of their families back home. In many cases this is sufficient and effective.

Warfare involves providing soldiers with relatively potent and extensive means for attacking and destroying their enemies. Ben Shalit, is cited as an expert in understanding this aspect of wartime killing. Strategies that protect the assailant from any unpleasant after effects are explored.

Assessment of the payoff for killing the victim is important. In combat, self-defense...

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