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: Colonel Dax, you're a disappointment to me. You've spoiled the keenness of your mind by wallowing in sentimentality. You really did want to save those men, and you were not angling for Mireau's command. You are an idealist... and I pity you as I would the village idiot. We're fighting a war, Dax, a war that we've got to win. Those men didn't fight, so they were shot. You bring charges against General Mireau, so I insist that he answer them. Wherein have I done wrong? Colonel Dax
: Because you don't know the answer to that question. I pity you.
: It would be a pity to lose your promotion before you get it. A promotion you have so very carefully planned for. Colonel Dax
: Sir, would you like me to suggest what you can do with that promotion? General Broulard
] Colonel Dax! You will apologize at once or I shall have you placed under arrest! Colonel Dax
: I apologize... for not being entirely honest with you. I apologize for not revealing my true feelings. I apologize, sir, for not telling you sooner that you're a degenerate, sadistic old man. And you can go to hell before I apologize to you now or ever again!
: Colonel Dax, are you trying to blackmail me? Colonel Dax
: It's an ugly word, but you are in a difficult situation.
: There are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die.