When Mercy Wrongs*

Something he learned

in basic-school today:

mercy to the guilty

is cruelty to the innocent.


  • (A theme repeated in many of S. M. Stirling’s stunningly good Novels of The Change series. Some of the best of fantasy, science fiction, post-apocalyptic sub-genera fiction often deals with such a theme.  In the face of Political – read: social, moral, politically incorrect – questions of the day, all too often the other half of the equation comes in for too little regard: the victim(s).  And an innocent victim even moreso too often is left in the wake of a juggernaut en route a socially acceptable outcome.)




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