Foreign News: Looting

In olden days, before the era of national armies, soldiers were recruited with glittering visions of the loot that would be theirs after the victory.

Today the soldier has still to be recruited. Instead of loot, he is promised a voyage to parts of the great outside world. He is shown on dazzling posters the life that may be his when he is off duty. Looting is not mentioned, as are not drill, fatigues, button-cleaning, etc. In most armies, in fact, looting is a crime.

The Chinese who, as recent events have shown, are not slow to exchange their medieval methods of warfare...

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