daily operation: 2004-06-11

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original file: 20040611_battle
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A battle, to borrow one of Deleuze's
examples, is something real, and to say that a battle is taking place is to give
a correct description of something going on in the actual world. At the same
time, a battle is not an isolable, spatio-temporal state of affairs. It is virtual
because it is actualized in diverse manners at once, and because each
participant may grasp it at a different level of actualization within its
variable present. . . . But it is above all because the battle hovers over
its own field, being neutral in relation to all its temporal actualizations,
neutral and impassive in relation to the victor and the vanquished, the
coward and the brave.