There is a recent incident that I think exemplifies the conflict impulse that can lead to atrocities in war time: I don't think the issue here is race. Had Neesons friend been raped by a red haired man or a man in glasses or whatever its apparent that the impulse would have been the same. I think the issue is tribalistic violence. In the heat of battle it becomes about 'them and us'. The battle lines are drawn. In Neesons case it happened in peacetime but that impulse is known to anyone who has been involved in atrocity in wartime. Yet war can justify anything. Neeson is being drawn over the coals for a reaction that people justify in wartime. Even small things dehumanise the enemy such as the disparaging words one uses to describe them. Its because of this impulse, the one Neeson acknowledges he struggled with for a period after his friends rape, that atrocities like Ballyseedy occur. I though it was worth pointing out because it shows that all of us, whether involved in conflict or not, has the capacity to do evil. Its what we all struggle with.