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Edgar Wallace: Or wars would be impossible

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Edgar Wallace: War

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Edgar Wallace
From The Angel of Terror

She gave a gesture of despair.

“You’re hopeless,” she said. “These things happened in the dark ages; men and women do not assassinate one another in the twentieth century.”

“Who told you that?” he demanded. “Human nature hasn’t changed for two thousand years. The instinct to kill is as strong as ever, or wars would be impossible. If any man or woman could commit one cold-blooded murder, there is no reason why he or she should not commit a hundred….”

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“Killing is a matter of expediency. Permissible if you call it war, terrible if you call it murder. To me it is just killing.”

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