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<<A young man is brought for the first time before the Belkans. That young soldier has been any of us or, inversely, we all have been that soldier. In that secret rendez-vous he sees faces he has never seen; he sees soldiers, medics, officers, pilots and strangest of all, he sees they are all young men just like him.
The meeting, which should have filled him with fear, relieves him instead. Such is his relief that he will then fight alongside those Belkans. How do I explain such mysterious occurrence?
We can, of course, simply deny it. We can pretend that soldier is a simpleton and he has merely been coerced into comitting treason against his country. We can also argue that the young soldier trusts the officers who have sent him there. We can argue that man is by its nature a discoverer, and that discovering his former enemy is no more strange to him than discovering mirrors, water or stairs. Plato would argue that the young soldier has already met the Belkans in the prev