Frank Herbert, on Atrocity
Atrocity is recognized by victim and perpetrator alike, by all who learn about it at whatever remove. Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument. Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself- a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred.
Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and families of all those whose lives have been unjustly terminated by atrocities committed by anyone for whatever reason. Violence begets violence. May it find neither place of entry nor place of harbor in our hearts.