|San Diego Soliloquies|
Friday, January 02, 2004
The word decimation means to remove 1/10th. In the Roman legion, decimation referred to a punishment meted out to legions that ran from battle or mutinied. One of every ten legionaires was picked out, and the other nine were forced, under penalty of death, to beat their compatriot to death. In its common usage today it connotes a horrible level of destruction. There is also usage where the verb to decimate means to extract a 10% tax.
I have no doubt the many and several blogs of war see this as a necessary price for freedom, but I wish each and everyone of those casualties had nothing more important to worry about than whether USC got screwed out of national championship
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