"Actually, we didn't get lost," the tall one says. "We ran away."
"Not running away so much as just stumbling onto this spot and deciding to stay put," the brawny one adds. "That's different from getting lost."
"Not just anybody can find this place," the tall soldier says. "But we did, and now you have too. It was a stroke of luck--for us, at least."
"If we hadn't found this spot, they would've shipped us overseas," the brawny one ex-plains. "Over there it was kill or be killed. That wasn't for us. I'm a farmer, originally, and my buddy here just graduated from college. Neither one of us wants to kill anybody. And being killed's even worse. Kind of obvious, I'd say."
"How 'bout you?" the tall one asks me. "Would you like to kill anybody, or be killed?"
(Kafka on the Shore, tr. by Philip Gabriel)
Why does the first phrase have bare infinitive? (If the first be an it-cleft, CGEL says the type is normally inadmissible (p.1422), and Bas Aarts also says in his book to infinitives are allowable not in it-cleft but only in pseudo-cleft.)