Oh, no, sir! No, it wasn't quite like this. No, no. No, sir, it wasn't quite so handsome. And as for rules? We didn't carry military manuals around with us. We were out on the veldt fighting the Boer the way he fought us! I'll tell you what rule we applied, sir! We applied Rule 3-0-3. We caught them, and we shot them under Rule 3-0-3!
The fact of the matter is that war changes men's natures. The barbarities of war are seldom committed by abnormal men. The tragedy of war is that these horrors are committed by normal men in abnormal situations. Situations in which the ebb and flow of everyday life have departed and have been replaced by a constant round of fear and anger, blood and death.