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Monday, 12 November 2018

Catch 22

By his novel Catch 22 (1961) Joseph Heller pointed out a dilemma given by being involuntarily participating in stupidity or crime because of being a member of a legitim organization or movement. The fictive story is from World War II, and the main story is given by the main character's experience of being involved in the many dirty, illegitime and evil tricks of the supply officer, organizing crime, being a member of the unit the supply officer serves. Supply it must have, an Army unit. The ways of the supply officer were so, though, that being a soldier, risking life for peace and freedom, was a catch. The story ends ridiculously, by the main character planning to find a row boat, aI believe it was, to sail for Sweden. Sweden was a neutral country during WW II.

Ai believe Heller wanted us to rationalize, and to find our own way out of such a catch. My own thinking, being militarily trained, is that the supply officer is a soldier as anyone else, and as such he should work in the spirit of the Commanding Officer and obey the rules of the Second in Command. If he does not, he will hear it. Also, working by crime is in opposition with the overall intention with the campaign. And if the unit is in conflict with itself, it will not be effective, and it will go asunder. So, really, it should be enough for the main character to tell the Second in Command something needs to be done.

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