April 11, 2005

True Story

During World War II, the U.S. government carried out a covert operation based upon the assumption that the Germans were comically devoted to order and discipline. When we bombed German trains, we also dropped upon the wreckage German-looking mailbags filled with sealed letters to ordinary German citizens. The letters contained anti-Nazi propaganda. We theorized that the German authorities, finding unopened mail, would unquestioningly deliver it. They did.

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