>If Napoleon was a fireman, his quote would still be valid... death is nothing, but saving that child from the burning building is everything. <
But saving the child would be worthwhile in itself, even if you never got any credit. The implication of the military glory cult is that it is worth fighting battles just for the glory. In the letter I quoted, Lauriston was being sent out to the West Indies to suppress a people trying to regain their liberty - where's the glory in that?