Terms like rationalization and justification are vehicles for how good people do bad things and…
Tim Garrity

I don’t want to get too ‘nitpicky’, but I would argue that the extent to which someone needs to turn to rationalization, is a measure of the negative impact they are suffering.

Also, while I have no evidence to provide (other than maybe 22 suicides/day), I have a strong suspicion that whatever justifications our soldiers are using, their feelings of remorse / guilt are not so easily put aside.

Finally, some people are criminals and some are enemies (and a few are truly evil): to value their lives the same as an innocent is foolish and dangerous.

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