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Single Idea 23577

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 1. War / b. Justice in war]

Full Idea

Napoleon said 'Soldiers are made to be killed. I do not care a fig for the lives of a million men'.

Gist of Idea

Napoleon said 'I don't care about the deaths of a million men'


Michael Walzer (Just and Unjust Wars [1977], 08)

Book Reference

Walzer,Michael: 'Just and Unjust Wars' [Penguin 1984], p.136

A Reaction

[Two separate remarks attributed to Napoleon] He apparently often said things like this this later in his career. It strikes me as despicable, and anyone who still tries to present Napoleon as admirable should be ashamed.