"War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. " --  Major General Smedley Darlington Butler

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“You know you’re flying over the target when you’re getting flak,” the WWII saying goes.  It means, “If you’re not a threat, they can safely ignore you, but when you’re directly over the target, they start shooting.”