Tayler amazes me! Really! Here is the top spy of MI 1 writing a sympathetic letter about people we both will be fighting tooth and nail in 1857!
“There is a military saying: respect the uniform if not the man inside the uniform. The reverse is also true. I must respect the men whom I will be fighting this coming year John. They are fighting for a cause they believe in, no less than us. Their cause happens to be wrong. They are being led into a tragic war, a civil war, by manipulative men who are wealthy and are fighting for their own cynical, selfish interests. They are being led into a tragic war, a civil war, by manipulative intriguers who are fanatic and are fighting for their own fanaticism. But that sad fact does not diminish the bravery or the sincerity of the ordinary rank and file sepoy and sowar who will be the victim of the manipulation and fanaticism no less than us!
The fact they are being manipulated will not diminish either their valor or their courage or their sincerity — and certainly not their tragedy. Men have always fought and died for causes based largely on falsehoods and canards. Patriotism is a two edged sword. It kills the patriot as well as his perceived enemy. The tragedy is his perceived enemy is not his real enemy. The manipulative men creating the crisis of false patriotism are the real enemy, their real enemy. They will be fighting us. We will be fighting them. And meanwhile the real enemy will be safe and sound, hiding in the shadows, ready to profit from the carnage or else slither away if the carnage comes too close to them. If that is not tragedy then what is?”