General Broulard: 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.
Quantos foram considerados heróis por empunharem a sua arma e seguirem para o campo de batalha, cegos pela causa que defendiam, mecanizados pelas ordens que recebiam?
E quantos foram julgados pelo ato de heroísmo que tomaram ao se sacrificarem pela mais preciosa coisa que tinham – um ideal?