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Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder is in charge of the mess halls at a military base on the island of Pianosa There he builds his own syndicate which sells food to the personnel Though his superiors are impressed with the work he does other people including Yossarian are outraged by some of his ruthless sometimes even crooked business practices Indeed Milo stops at nothing to get his wayhe even manages to convince his superiors that it is in everyones best interests when he makes a deal with the Germans to bomb his own squadron to make a profit Yossarian is outraged at thishe blames Milo for the killing of the dead man in Yossarians tent and at one point tells Milo Milo a man in my tent was killed on that mission before he could even unpack his bags 254 Civilians in many different places grant him honorary titles ranging from Mayor to Assistant-Governor General when his black market practices help sagging local economies Although he is generous enough to give food to obscure people like Major Major and Doc Daneeka when he is supposedly dead Milos profit-making interests eventually take over every part of him When he must decide between loyalty to Yossarian and a business deal with Colonel Cathcart and Colonel Korn Milo decides to abandon Yossarian in favor of the business deal When he finds himself having trouble selling Egyptian cotton he buys he even goes so far as to sell chocolate-covered cotton to the mess halls in order to make profit no matter how indigestible it is Clearly Heller does not like Milos business practices and it would be hard for anyone to like them After all is it really okay to kill even your own people just to make a profit Milo tries to justify it by saying that he was not going after any particular person I didnt kill him I wasnt even there that day I tell
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