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27 March 2015

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Col. Lang,

Here is the entire statement from Tacitus in Vita Agricolae ~98 b.C:

"Raptores orbis, postquam cuncta vastantibus defuere terrae, mare scrutantur:
si locupes hostis est, avari, si pauper, ambitiosi, quos non oriens, non occidens satiaverit; soli omnium opes atque inopiam pari adfectu concupiscunt. Auferre trucidare rapere falsis nominibus imperium, atque ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.

The last sentence you paraphrase is the key: "To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a solitude (desert?), they call it peace."

Pax vobis

Ishmael Zechariah

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