I think that after the war there will have to be some great penance done for the killing.
I wish there were a penance for it that one could commence now because it is the only thing that I have done in all my life that makes me feel badly when I am alone.
If we no longer have religion after the war then I think there must be some form of civic penance organized that all may be cleansed from the killing or else we will never have a true and human basis for living.
The killing is necessary, I know, but still the doing of it is very bad for a man and I think that, after all this is over and we have won the war, there must be a penance of some kind for the cleansing of us all.
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A foreign policy of penance was counterproductive.