Partie 1 : À l′échelle du monde

Chapitre 8 : War

Disagreement, page 22

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to differ with
to strain relations
to bode ill for the future
a feud
to bog down
unbridgeable views, irreconcilable views
a deadlock
to set an ultimatum
to derail talks
to break up a deal
to clash

Such declarations could strain their bilateral relations.

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

Waging war, page 22

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to wage war with
to break out
to invade
to retaliate
a weapon
ammunition, munitions
a dogfight
a shell
a machine gun
an assault rifle
to shoot at
to shoot somebody
a stray bullet
the wounded
missing in action (MIA)
to release
side effects

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

Food for thought, page 23

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The plane to ’Nam set him down at Da Nang on April 19, 1970, with a year to serve if he were lucky enough to live through it. The first thing that struck him stepping off the plane was the heat; a country that had seemed so green and riotously alive from their incoming jetliner had air so close and hot it sucked his breath away. His second indelible impression was the look of the men waiting to leave on the plane that had borne him in. He could read his future in their past, in their missing limbs and their dull, haunted faces. The only thing that kept him from being scared was his countervailing sense that being scared was pointless. “I can’t say hey, I don’t want to go”, he thought; he felt like a man who had been sentenced to a year in prison, hearing the gates clank shut behind him.

Newsweek, February 18, 1983.