There can b e few worse hypocrisies than to expect an eye for an eye in a spirit of eternal retribution. The level of brutality and crime that have been unleashed in the name of any cause far outweighs the human imagination to comprehend the horrific depravity that results. This is true of any war where anyone before the gun is a fair target on any level of barbarity. Hollywood has indoctrinated us to believe that there is some noble rationality in unleashing death upon others as if it is some noble gesture on behalf of some celestial presence. But it merely the collapse of any culture into a form of chaos that forever damages the perpetrator, robbing him of entire tracts of himself that will only be replaced by madness.
Standard myths about winners and losers from previous wars fall prey to facts which paint the differences as merely being a slightly better opportunity of one group to annihilate the other with better efficiency. Though many still carry on with well acted tales about epic victimhood, one has to wonder if these protests cover up a more sinister fact that their crimes against their antagonists were so much greater and unthinkable that they had to balance it within their conscience in order to have even the slightest possibility to live with themselves. The winner of any major struggle invariably showing themselves to be the most ruthless and blood thirsty.
So now we all live in a cold age where compassion is considered bad form and prowess by all genders in efficiently inflicting pain and death being a desirable skill. But in the process we are dehumanized and made worse than all the worst of the animal kingdom. And as the Bible reminds us, “all that live by the sword shall one day die by the sword”