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During the second world war, it cost the Entente powers £26,807 to kill an enemy soldier, while it cost the Central powers just £8,212.[The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson]

In the 1930s and 1940s-during the depression and the second world war-88 per cent of all published songs were love songs. [The Economist, 26th September 1998]

In the US this century, five times more people have been killed in traffic accidents than have died in war. Total fatalities on the road up until 1997 were 2.98m compared with war deaths totalling 605,000. [Prospect research]

In São Paulo, 10 per cent…

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