From a British article on mass murderers comes this amusing anecdote.
The spree killer is a statistical anomaly in that he acts alone and not in a group, and in so doing upsets our view of ourselves as peaceable and civilised. We have an infinite gift for self-deception: we like to call our armies peace-keepers while sending them out to kill in our name.
A young Army officer wounded in Afghanistan and on leave told me a story a few months back. He and his men arrived back at base, exhausted and grimy from a mission, to be greeted by a Labour MP on a PR tour. “What have you lads been doing?” she asked. “I expect you’ve been digging wells for the villagers.”
“No, ma’am,” he said and, after a pause as he searched vainly for some point of common understanding, came the reply: “We’ve been killing them.”