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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1888
AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown. An unnamed major in the U.S. Army said this about the decision to bomb and shell the town of Bentre, according to an Associated Press dispatch.—The New York Times, February 8, 1968, p. 14.
SUBJECTS: Vietnam War