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08 Jul 2004
The Hinge Factor - Erik Durschmied - Coronet 1999
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In my third and fourth year at school, every Tuesday after lessons, we had CCF (Combined Cadet Force). I hated every minute of it. The pointless square-bashing, the licence for older boys to bully younger ones, the ridiculous obsession with shiny boots and straight seams in trousers. The experience left me with a life-long allergy to military uniforms and a tendency to pacifism. I strongly suspect that Erik Durschmied, a veteran Austrian-born war correspondent, also has a pacifist streak and certainly his book makes the strongest possible case against the use of war to solve political problems.
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