To be precise: Should X stay in Y?

Sunday, Sep 13, 2009

Colonel Mathieu: Let's try to be precise. The word "torture" isn't used in our orders... No, gentlemen, believe me, it's a vicious circle. We could talk for hours to no avail, because that isn't the problem. The problem is this: The FLN wants to throw us out of Algeria, and we want to stay. Even with slight shades of opinion, you all agree that we must stay. When the FLN rebellion began, there were no shades at all. Every paper, the communist press included, wanted it crushed. We're here for that reason alone. We're neither madmen nor sadists... We are soldiers. Our duty is to win. Therefore, to be precise, it's my turn to ask a question. Should France stay in Algeria? If your answer is still yes, then you must accept all the consequences.

The Battle of Algiers, 1966, (