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War as the most extreme political means discloses the possibility which underlies every political idea, namely, the distinction of friend and enemy.
Only the actual participants can correctly recognize, understand, and judge the concrete situation and settle the extreme case of conflict.
The political is the most intense and extreme antagonism, and every concrete antagonism becomes that much more political the closer it approaches the most extreme point, that of the friend-enemy grouping.
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