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Along the Border of Heaven by Richard M Barnhart, John P. O'Neill & Joan S. Ohrstrom,

By Richard M Barnhart, John P. O'Neill & Joan S. Ohrstrom, WalterJ.F Yee, Gerald Pryor

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Good American soldiers, with relatively egalitarian relationships with each other (even between formal ranks), shoot better than bad Indians, Japanese or Germans, who are regimented in a hierarchy and ultimately controlled by a dictator chief. Might and right go together in the war-movie code. Third, war movies show good guys and bad guys, but few innocents. Warfare is portrayed as a clean fight between two forces; rarely are civilians caught in crossfire. When civilians are killed, they die at the hands of the bad guys.

Various local, state, and national police forces have also prospered from paramilitary culture. There have been few actual 'terrorist' events in the United States; extreme right-wing groups such as the Ku-Klux Klan, neo-Nazi organisations and antiabortionists have conducted most of the attacks. Yet the image of left-wing radical terrorism, a major theme in paramilitary culture, has been used to justify a massive armaments escalation. SWAT teams have expanded rapidly. When Ronald Reagan was Governor of California in the early 1970s his administration formed the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) at San Luis Obispo, California, headed by Colonel L.

In this respect it resembles Consumer's Report; indeed, some new weapons are taken to Central America for 'battlefield testing'. Paramilitary culture calls for extensive consumer purchases. Not only must a paramilitary warrior know about the weapons: he must own them. Semi-automatic assault rifles and carbines begin at around $300 and most cost $500 and upwards. Almost all the world's assault rifles (including Chinese and Yugoslavian manufactured AK-47s) are now sold in American gun stores and most manufacturers advertise in SOF.

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