The true meaning of dishonor

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"The real unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, without anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future.


But the crimes they hope to prevent in that future are imaginary. The ones they commit in the present - they are real."

- Commander Aral Vorkosigan, in Shards Of Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold


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Note: You can get the e-book version of Shards of Honor here.

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Lovely phrasing and provocative statement on the war industry ..."committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms."

But if you probe and expose the real disgusting sub-strata of modern warfare, it isn't the death merchant, privateer, financier, general or despot who is the is the consumer.

The fact that I can surf from a news report on genocide in the Sudan and then consume a fresh episode of "Bones" is something I will have to reckon with my maker.

Put another way: My appetites and inaction - enable atrocities in my world.