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On Killing - Study Guide Section 4, An Anatomy of Killing: All Factors Considered: Chapter 6, The Mathematics of Death Summary & Analysis

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Here readers are shown a flow chart that shows the multiplicity of relationships influencing a person faced with a kill/no kill decision. Milgram factors in the relationship between obedience-demanding authority figures and the potential killers' respect for them, as well as cultural and social distance from the intended victim. Further, what are the strategies for removing the victim and potential pay offs? Israelis leave women out of combat circumstances, because they found that reactions to injury or loss of women was often uncontrollable. Male soldiers want to protect them. Vietnam presented American soldiers with a serious female threat, since there were large numbers of female combatants. Finally, the author cites conditioning techniques. These really changed after World War II with...

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