Friday, January 11, 2008

On Wars and Casualities: "Numbers Sanctify"

A new study on Iraqi casualites due to the U.S. invasion have engendered some controversy, and the newspapers duly report the figures. Is it 30,000? 150,000? 600,000?

In these crazy, deadly times, how appropriate to give the final word to a celluloid figure, whose own final words were recorded over sixty years ago now:

Wars, conflict, it's all business. One murder makes a villain. Millions a hero. Numbers sanctify. (Monsieur Verdoux)

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