War has a nasty habit of dehumanizing the participants, on either side, forgetting that every human everywhere feels, notices, hopes, wishes. In the moment, in the trigger-second of firing, all that is lost, again on both sides. Survival blurs into conditioning folds into fear dissolves into reaction. In her simple dedication to her substantially thoughtful anthology of poems Against Forgetting, poet Carolyn Forche writes, “For those who died/and those who survived.” Because it’s a simple law of physics: cause and effect, effect and cause. Every action has a pivot, a quantum causality, that influences everything on either side, and as a law of the universe no dictator or president, emperor or king can change this fact. Though many try, and therein lies the rub.