Major Ferber: Now, we'll have to fight him, all right, but my superiors felt that one last attempt ought to be made.
Paladin: By a civilian. Why?
Major: Because it might prove to be necessary to--
Paladin: Kill him in cold blood.
Major: Well, I can't ask an American officer to execute a man without a proper trial!
Paladin: But if you hire a gunman, it's all right.