Pissing me off -- the plot, the characters, grrrr!!!!
"How did it come to this? How did we fail to solve things peacefully?"
"When the balance is lost and the male force dominates, war is inevitable," Gemba replied. "Some wound has been dealt to the feminine force, but I don't know what it is. It is our fate to be here at this time, our fate to have to kill or be killed. We must embrace it with all our resolve, wholeheartedly, knowing that we did not desire it or seek it." (427)
Flawed but effectively admonitory.